COVID-19 weekly cases exceeded 900,000 for the first time since January when cases were peaking and vaccination rates were low.
According to reporting by the Washington Post and John Hopkins University, a total of 911,529 new cases were logged during the week of August 8th. In January, the highest number of cases reported by the Post within a week reached 1,032,785. The disease caused by the novel coronavirus has killed at least 625,000 people in the United States since February 2020 and enveloped nearly every part of the country.
New cases and deaths declined dramatically in spring and early summer as vaccines became available. But as the more contagious delta variant of the virus took hold in July, Covid-19 numbers began to look more dire again, particularly in states with low vaccination rates,” the Post reports.
Nationally, cases rose by 16 percent throughout the week, signaling a rise in the delta variant and low vaccination rates. Children have been infected at record rates, causing concern for students returning to the classroom this fall since the vaccine is not authorized for use on children.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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