A surge in coronavirus cases across the United States has fueled fears of a pandemic resurgence as the highly contagious Delta variant appeared to be taking hold.
The average number of daily new Covid cases was 32,278 last week – up 66% from the daily rate the week before, and a shocking 145% higher than two weeks ago, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The average number of daily new COVID-19 cases in the United States has tripled in the past 30 days.
The average number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has also risen 21% over the past 30 days to over 19,000.
Almost 25,000 people are currently in hospital with Covid – a 26% increase from last week, CNN reports.
Average daily deaths, which can lag behind other indicators, rose 13% in the last week to 258.
While the rates are still sharply down from their January highs, officials are concerned by the reversing trendlines and what they consider needless illness and death when a vaccine is available.
Cases are expected to continue to rise in coming weeks.
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Source: Daily Mail, By Reuters and James Gordon for Dailymail.com