Los Angeles, May 31 (SocialNews.XYZ) As the United States marks Memorial Day and celebrates the unofficial start of summer, the seven-day average of Covid-19 cases in the country is more than six times higher than it was a year ago. year.
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported a seven-day average of 119,725 Covid-19 cases on Saturday. This figure was 17,887 cases as of May 28, 2021.
Over the three-day holiday weekend, one of the country’s traditionally busiest travel times, more than 39 million Americans are expected to take to the skies and the roads, according to estimates by the American Automobile Association. .
Experts predict a sharp rise in new infections after Memorial Day weekend trips and gatherings.
In recent weeks, daily confirmed cases in the United States have increased again, fueled by a rising tide of Omicron subvariants currently circulating in the country.
The United States averages about 110,000 new cases each day, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Experts believe the true number of cases is much higher as many have been underreported due to home Covid-19 testing.
While new deaths are relatively low, the total number of known deaths in the United States from Covid-19 recently exceeded one million.
Omicron subvariants are spreading rapidly in the United States as many of the country’s pandemic restrictions have been lifted.
Health officials have said the United States is in the midst of a new wave of COVID-19. They warned Americans to exercise caution before a possible surge.
“Anyone who hasn’t received a booster for their vaccines should really start thinking about those boosters right now,” said Jill Roberts, associate professor at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.
Health officials have urged people to take precautions to help limit the spread during the Memorial Day holiday, by wearing masks in public spaces and practicing social distancing.
“The one tool that a lot of us don’t use anymore is really distancing,” Roberts added.