US Now Averaging Over 100,000 New Covid-19 Cases Per Day As Delta Variant Surges
The United States is now averaging over 100,000 new Covid-19 cases per day as the Delta variant spreads throughout the country. These are the highest numbers the US has seen in several months.
Low vaccination rates in several Southeastern states account for a good portion of the new cases with Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky representing 41% of the country's new hospitalizations.
Florida alone is responsible for over 20% of the nation's new cases and hospitalizations which has resulted in many theme parks and resorts requiring visitors to wear masks indoors.
Despite the surge in cases, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has said he will not impose new mask mandates or safety measures saying they infringe on Floridians "freedoms." He also barred school districts from requiring students to wear masks when school resumes in a few weeks.
DeSantis' position on safety measures has led to several criticisms from the left, including from President Biden himself. It has also resulted in the hashtag #DeathSantis trending on Twitter.
Several hospitals are warning that the number of Covid hospitalizations is already reaching last year’s peak and that the healthcare system is nearly at a "breaking point."
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