The trend is certainly going in the right direction: The number of new infections is falling in the US, as is the number of new deaths, as restrictions and vaccinations begin to take effect. But it is far too early to relax, warns Fauci, who is the White House’s covid adviser.
– We have to keep the guard up. There are variants (of the coronavirus) that spread more easily, especially the British, he says to the TV channel Fox News.
Have all doses in July
Fauci has conducted a series of interviews with media companies in recent days and his message is the same: The crisis is not over, virus variants such as those discovered in the UK and South Africa require great caution and may require an extra syringe vaccine.
To the media company CNN, Fauci says that he believes that the situation in the country will be more normal at the end of the year, but that it is possible that Americans will continue to need to wear mouth guards next year as well. But he is happy with the vaccine rate, currently an average of 1.7 million people are vaccinated a day.
– In July, we will have enough vaccines. Then we have received the 600 million doses we ordered from two companies, which is enough for the population, he tells Fox News.
– But it is likely that before that we can start vaccinating people outside the risk groups.
In the past week, nearly 68,000 new cases have been registered daily, down 44 percent from two weeks earlier, according to The New York Times. At the same time, the number of people in hospital with covid-19 has been halved in one month.
But despite the decline, the United States will soon officially pass 500,000 deaths with covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University – just over a year after the country’s first deaths were reported in February 2020.
– It’s awful. It’s historic. We have not seen anything even nearby for more than 100 years, since the 1918 flu pandemic (Spanish flu), Fauci told NBC television.
– It’s amazing when you look at the numbers, almost unbelievable, but it’s true.
On Monday evening, President Joe Biden will honor the deceased by speaking and attending a light ceremony at the White House. The ceremony is scheduled for midnight Swedish time. Alongside Biden, US First Lady Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will participate.
In the United States, a total of just over 28 million cases of covid-19 have been confirmed. The death toll during the night to Monday was 498,900 and just over 56,000 were hospitalized, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Globally, the number of deaths from covid-19 is approaching 2.5 million. A total of 111 million people have been found infected with the coronavirus in the world.
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The first person reported to have died of covid-19 in the United States was a man in Seattle, Washington. He died on February 28, 2020.
Later, however, it was confirmed by autopsy that two people in Santa Clara, California, who died on February 6 and 17, respectively, in their homes, had the coronavirus in their bodies.
The two people in California had not traveled abroad, but had probably been infected in the community at home.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle