|Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gives an opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss the on-going federal response to COVID-19, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 11, 2021. (File photo by=Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] WASHINGTON: Top US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday (Aug 1) said that the United States will not lock down again to curb COVID-19 but "things are going to get worse" as the Delta variant fuels a surge in cases, mostly among the unvaccinated, Reuters reported.
A sufficient percentage of Americans have now been vaccinated to avoid lockdowns, Fauci said on ABC's This Week. "Not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter," he said. The average number of new coronavirus cases reported nationwide has nearly doubled in the past 10 days, according to a Reuters analysis. Even if states don’t resort to lockdowns again, the spread of the Delta variant could still threaten the economy. About 58 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of vaccine, ranging from a high of 76 percent in Vermont to a low of 40 percent in Mississippi.
After declining for weeks, the number of Americans getting vaccinated has started to rise again.
Meanwhile, Florida has one of the worst outbreaks in the nation, based on new cases per capita, and has seen infections rise 50% week-over-week. However, Governor Ron DeSantis has blocked mask mandates in the state's schools, saying parents should decide. Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari told CBS' Face the Nation that the Delta variant was "creating a bunch of caution" among millions of out-of-work Americans and could slow the US labor market recovery.