With the recent increase in new coronavirus infections in the United States, a “quaternary outbreak” could occur before the majority of Americans get vaccination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned.
“If the mutant virus spreads to its current level, we will completely lose the groundwork we have built,” said Rochelle Wellensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at a White House briefing yesterday (1st). He emphasized that “mutation is a real threat to our people and progress.”
Director Wellensky said, “Now is not the time for our community to relax the major protective devices that can block the spread of coronavirus,” he said. He urged us to comply with public health precautions, such as wearing masks.
According to the count of Johns Hopkins University in the U.S., the number of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. on the 1st was 57,439 and 1,431 deaths. It was down from the peak in January, but the number of cases of infection has been increasing again recently.
According to the CDC, there are currently 2,463 cases of mutant virus infection in the United States, of which the UK mutant virus (B.1.1.7) accounts for 2,400 cases.
The mutant virus is known to have stronger transmission power than the existing coronavirus.
The WHO tweeted, “Of the six regions of the WHO, there was an increase in four regions: the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Eastern Mediterranean. This is disappointing, but it is not surprising.”
The WHO analyzed that recent corona infection cases turned to an increase again, as factors such as the easing of the quarantine steps in each region and the spread of mutant viruses were factors.
WHO emergency response team leader Mike Ryan said at a briefing that day, “I think it is very premature and impractical to think that the virus can be ended by the end of the year.”
However, he said, “If we act wisely, we will be able to end the pandemic-related tragedies such as hospitalization and death by the end of this year.”