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Coronavirus Pandemic: Number of Covid-19 cases more than last year, is US heading towards lockdown?

There is no shortage of vaccines in the US, but the avoidance of people when it comes to taking doses is a big factor behind the renewed rise of the coronavirus pandemic.

Washington: The United States (US) is currently seeing an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. It was reported that coronavirus cases are on the rise due to the rapidly spreading Delta version, which has dealt a severe blow to the country’s already faltering healthcare system. 

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There is no shortage of vaccines in the US, but the avoidance of people when it comes to taking doses is a big factor behind the renewed rise of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the rise of Covid-19, seen in many parts of the country, is as bad as last November.

Patients with confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19 are taking more ICU beds in 15 states than a year ago. Things are much worse in Colorado, Minnesota and Michigan. The hospitalization rate (under intensive care) of people here is 41 percent, 37 percent and 34 percent respectively.

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Michigan, however, has not issued any new restrictions on public celebrations. Instead more citizens are encouraged to wear masks and get vaccinated. On the other hand, looking at such a situation, the question arises whether the lockdown will return to the country?

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Reacting to the rising number of COVID-19 cases on behalf of the White House, Jeff Gents said on Monday that the United States (US) government is not moving toward a lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“We are not moving in that direction. We have many ways to get out of this fast growing Covid-19 pandemic,” he told reporters. 

Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a briefing that the current seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in the US is 18%, or 92,800 cases per day. 

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About 47 million eligible US adults and more than 12 million adolescents are still not fully vaccinated, Walensky said. According to CSSE, with 4 crore 78 lakh 86 thousand 798 cases and 7 lakh 72 thousand 414 deaths, the United States (US) remains the most affected country in the world by the coronavirus pandemic.

first published:Nov. 23, 2021, 10:10 a.m.

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