Florida cases increased by nearly 1,000% in two weeks

Florida cases increased by nearly 1,000% in two weeks

The US faces the risk of a new Covid-19 wave after the country recorded a spike in Covid-19 cases in just two weeks of the holiday.

The number of infections in the state of Florida has increased by 948% in just two weeks, according to Reuters . Local officials said people had to queue for kilometers and wait for hours at testing facilities.

Even as Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser, warned the public to look at the number of hospital admissions to gauge the severity of Omicron, the proportion of US patients hospitalized due to Covid- 19 of the past 7 days are still up more than 40% from Christmas to New Year’s Eve.

According to Reuters statistics , the number of Covid-19 cases in the US has increased by more than 100% nationwide, although many areas are lacking testing equipment. The number of new infections has doubled in the past 7 days to an average of 418,000 cases/day.

There is ample evidence that the Omicron variant is milder despite being highly infectious. However, this strain “will still pose great danger to unvaccinated people in the United States and around the world,” according to the New York Times.

Only 62% of the US population is fully immunized, a rate especially low in the South and many mountainous states.

Fortified doses are available to people 16 years of age and older in the United States. However, only about a third of the fully vaccinated population choose to get the booster dose, though Dr Fauci says the extra dose provides “optimal” protection against the Omicron strain.

Meanwhile, some immunocompromised Americans are getting a fourth or fifth shot, though its effectiveness and safety are unclear, the New York Times reported.

Covid-19 has killed more than 820,000 people across the US. The pandemic has turned lives and livelihoods upside down, disrupted education.

However, some experts and analysts still hope that Omicron will eventually represent a move towards the new normal, as Covid-19 becomes endemic and causes less damage.

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