Federal health officials warn of possible fourth wave
new York- As states lifted restrictions on the coronavirus and the spread of variants, scientists and federal health officials warned that even if the country’s vaccination campaign accelerates, the fourth wave of cases may still appear in the United States. This increased seed may now germinate in the central and northeastern parts of the Midwest.
Michigan is in a difficult situation. In the past two weeks, the number of new cases and hospitalizations there has more than doubled, and relative to its population, the six major cities in the United States with the highest number of new cases are all in Michigan.
Several other states in the upper Midwest, including Minnesota and Illinois, have also reported new cases and significant increases in hospitalizations. In the Northeast, the number of cases in New York and New Jersey remains high.
Cases in Illinois are also increasing. In the past two weeks, the daily average number of new cases has increased by approximately 56%, reaching approximately 2,832 per day. Compared with two weeks ago, the number of hospitalizations has increased by about 28%. The average number of cases in Wisconsin and North Dakota has also increased by 50% or more in the past two weeks.
Since the peak in January, the number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the country has declined, but after the plateau period, new infections have increased.
According to the New York Times database, further progress in reducing new cases has stalled, hospitalization has stabilized, and an average of about 800 people continue to die every day. As of Tuesday, there were an average of nearly 65,000 new cases per day, an increase of 19% from two weeks ago.
Scientists are particularly worried about the prevalence of variants. In California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Minnesota, variants of version B.1.1.7 have been found to be more common.
According to the Times database, Minnesota has an average of 1,826 new cases per day. It surpassed 2,000 new confirmed cases on April 1, which is a daily number that has not been seen since the beginning of January. The hospitalization rate has also increased by 41% from the previous two weeks. The Minnesota Department of Health has attributed recent outbreaks in schools to this variant.