The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the US has surged more than 300 percent in the past three weeks — with hotspot states including Florida and Louisiana seeing major spikes in infections and hospitalizations.
The country notched a daily seven-day rolling average of 79,951 new cases Sunday, or a 312 percent jump over the 19,400 rolling-average figure three weeks ago, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Most of the new infections appear to be in unvaccinated people, as so-called breakthrough cases in people who are inoculated are not common. Research shows the vast majority of breakthrough cases involve mild or no symptoms either way.
Officials have issued pleas for Americans to get their shots, with Dr. Anthony Fauci warning Sunday that not enough people are inoculated to “crush the outbreak” at this point.
Fauci said unvaccinated Americans are largely behind the latest outbreak of infections — and blamed them for preventing the country from returning to “normal.”
His comments came days after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course and recommended that even vaccinated people go back to wearing masks indoors in areas where the Delta variant is fueling outbreaks.
Florida, which is grappling with record-breaking case numbers, is now leading the nation in per-capita hospitalizations for COVID-19.
Louisiana, which has one of the nation’s lowest vaccination rates, has also been struggling with surging infections.
The state’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards reinstated a mask mandate for all indoor locations, including schools and colleges, on Monday — less than three months after he lifted the previous face-covering rules.
Currently, 58 percent of Americans 12 years and older are fully vaccinated, according to the data from the CDC.
With Post Wires