For the first time in these two months, the US is averaging more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases every day, shortly after millions of Americans had traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The seven-day moving average of new cases was 121,437 as on the Saturday, this is according to the data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
Prior to this week, the US had last topped the 100,000-cases-a-day mark in the early October.
Also on the rise is the number of Covid-19 deaths, with a seven-day average of 1,651 people had been dying from the virus each day as for Saturday, the JHU data had been showed. Average daily deaths haven’t been this high in a month.
The vast majority of the new cases in the US continue has to be from the Delta variant, but US health officials had detected the new Omicron coronavirus variant or virus in at least 16 states as on Saturday.
The first case was found in the California on Wednesday, and by the weekend the variant had been identified in other 15 states like Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The Omicron variant had alarmed officials because early indications show it could be more contagious than its original strain, and the significant number of mutations it carries poses a potential risk of reducing some of the effectiveness the current vaccines can provide.
Scientists are working to determine the severity and transmissibility of Omicron but that could take around weeks, officials have said.
Still, the US is more equipped to deal with the newly detected virus than it was during the onset of the starting pandemic, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said this on Thursday.
“We are in such a different place now than we were one year ago because we had learned a lot.
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We have vaccines which are available. We have far more tests available, and what we’ve got to do to get through this winter is to make sure that we are doubling down on our strategy for vaccination,” Murthy told CNN.
The surgeon general has stressed that even though there’s a lot to learn about the new variant, mitigation efforts, and including masks and hand hygiene combined with physical distancing, remain effective in providing some protection as precautions.