A senior US government scientist warned that the United States is experiencing “imminent catastrophe” with an increase in coronovirus cases and hospital admissions across the country.
The director of the US Public Health Agency’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explained his fears at a meeting at the White House.
“I would consider a recurring disaster,” said Rochelle Wallensky. “We have a lot of reasons to expect, but now I’m scared.”
According to the CDC, new cases of Kovid-19 reached about 60,000 last week, an increase of about 7%.
On Monday, President Joe Biden made another appeal mandating governors to wear masks in public places.
He also promised that by mid-April, 90% of American adults would be able to get the vaccine.
Wallensky said he did not want the United States to face another spike in cases and deaths, as has happened in many European countries.
According to the New York Times, cases have increased particularly rapidly in Michigan and the north-east of the country, including Connecticut and New York.
Speaking in a speech on White House TV, President Biden called on state governors to re-enact laws requiring citizens to wear masks.
American coronovirus regulations vary from one state to another, with some governors having much stricter restrictions than others.
“If we let our guard down now, we can see the virus getting worse, not getting better,” said Biden.
He also said that the US National Immunization Program is ahead of schedule.
Biden promised that by April 19, 90% of American adults would be able to receive a single dose of the vaccine and have access to a vaccination center less than ten kilometers from their homes.
Biden said that all American adults will be able to apply for the dose by May 1.
According to the CDC, one out of every five adults was vaccinated with all doses. It includes all Americans over 65.
The rules are different in each state, but in most places priority is given to health professionals and those over 65. According to the New York Times, in some states, including Georgia and Arizona, more than 16 people can now receive an injection.
However, Biden urged Americans to follow the guidelines of social detachment and wearing masks.
“Fight till the end,” he said. “do not give up now.”
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