Lockdown easing on hold as daily infection rate reached 47,000
Anthony Fauci, the chief American virolog, warns of a resurgence of the corona outbreak in the United States. If people don’t stick to current measures, spread could increase to 100,000 new infections a day. He emphasizes that there is no guarantee that a properly functioning vaccine will be delivered. The very nature of the virus makes a vaccine rather unreal.
In several US states, new measures to ease the lockdown are being canceled as the number of new infections increases daily. There are also fears of an accelerated spread as a result of the celebration of American independence on July 4.
Fauci points out that more and more people, especially young adults, are less careful with the measures. This includes, for example, wearing mouth masks and keeping the recommended distance.
Currently, the daily rise in infections in the US is about 40,000, but that could more than double, according to the virologist. In addition, Fauci also warns against the absence of a safe and effective vaccine against the virus.
“It is extremely important to have, but there is no guarantee that it will come.”
Data from Johns Hopkins University, imaged by Statista, shows the major difference between the EU and the US in daily infections.
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Currently, the US has over 125,000 deaths from COVID-19 and over 2.6 million confirmed infections. The country has the highest death toll and the most contagion cases in the world.
While the U.S. has 4 percent of the world’s total population, it also has about 25 percent of the global number of infections. The number of infections is likely to be even higher, as it is estimated that only 10 percent of the total number of infections in the US are known, CNN writes.
In addition to infections and deaths, the virus has had other consequences: many millions of Americans have lost their jobs since mid-March. Since the outbreak started, over 47 million people have applied for benefits for the first time.