Americans had long been warned against relaxing Covid-19 safety measures, while the country escalated efforts to vaccinate more people, CNN reported.
Now several states were seeing an uptick in infections and some leaders had sounded alarm over the trends now evident. Following declining numbers for weeks which plateaued, the average number of new Covid-19 cases were up 7% as against the previous week, according to Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky. She said Friday that the average of new virus-related hospitalizations had also increased from the previous week.
Concerning Covid-19 Case Increases Seen In Some States
Over two dozen states had reported more than 10 % increase of new cases as against the previous week, data from Johns Hopkins University showed.
Furthermore, according to some officials mostly younger people appeared to be affected by the new infections.
According to Dr Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health who spoke to CNN on Sunday, a large proportion of people over 65 had been vaccinated and were protected. He added that was one of the reasons a huge spike in hospitalizations had not been seen. He said a lot of the spread was happening among younger people which was the group that was moving around and getting infected.
According to the CDC a worrying aspect of the development was the cases of B.1.1.7 variant infection, first seen in the UK. The CDC added that the variant had been seen in 51 US jurisdictions, and was projected, by the end of March or early April to emerge as the dominant variant in the US.
But that was not all that was responsible for the surge according to experts.
Local leaders and governors in the country had been pushing for easing restrictions aimed at curbing the virus spread even as health officials opposed such steps.
Popular beach destinations saw teeming crowds including at South Florida, where local leaders said the number of vacationers were beyond handling capacity. Also, air travel swelled to record pandemic highs as millions of Americans hopped aboard planes.
Jha said that the USA was weeks away from a point where one could expect to do these things more safely. He added he thought the states had moved too fast.
CDC data showed that 28.2% of the US population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 15.5% of Americans were fully vaccinated.
State leaders across the US had voiced concern over their latest Covid-19 data, and urged people to continue with the safety measures just a few weeks longer until enough of the population had been vaccinated against the virus.
According to a top health official who spoke to CNN, Michigan was in the middle of another Covid-19 surge. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive said cases were increasing mostly in younger people, specifically the 10 to 19-year-old age group.
He added, the state was experiencing community spread, and pointed to several factors, including more gatherings and more mobility, the reopening of the state economy and instances of outbreaks in some schools and prisons.
State officials, in Illinois announced Friday that rapid response vaccination teams were being deployed to several counties and vaccine eligibility was being expanded to address a possible trend responsible for higher case rates and increasing hospitalizations due to Covid.
According to a statement by Dr Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, recent increases in hospital admissions and test positivity were concerning new developments. He added the state would not like to go down the path seen before and experience a pandemic resurgence.
He added forward movement was not possible with metrics going backward.