A nurse disinfects her hands as she leaves a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient room at the ICU at SSM Health St.Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, January 28, 2021.
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Coronavirus deaths are on the rise again after weeks of decline as the delta variant rips through unvaccinated pockets in the country, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.
After the fall in the week, the seven-day average daily deaths have increased by 26% to 211 per. Today, ”said Dr. Rochelle Walensky during a press conference on Friday.
New cases are also rising, with a current seven-day average of 26,300 cases, according to the CDC. This is an increase of approx. 70% from the average of seven days last week.
The seven-day average for admissions is now 2,790, an increase of approx. 36% from a week ago after weeks decline.
Walensky reflected on the new issues, saying the pandemic has now become a “pandemic in the unvaccinated.”
“We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage because unvaccinated people are at risk and communities that are fully vaccinated are generally doing well,” Walensky said.
Only four states accounted for more than 40% of all new cases in the past week. One in five cases occurred in Florida alone.
The five states with the highest rates, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri and Nevada, all had a higher proportion of new vaccinations compared to the national average.
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