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Biden, CDC director warn of virus rebound if nation lets up

Biden, CDC director warn of virus rebound if nation lets up”

Walensky appeared to become emotional as she reflected on her experience as the chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital during the earlier months of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying she knows what it's like to be a doctor standing in a patient room, the last person to touch someone's loved one because they couldn't be there, anxious whether there are enough resources to take care of every patient, and making heartbreaking decisions over prioritizing equipment. Deaths, a lagging indicator, have also started to rise again, she said.

Walensky's remarks came as new data from Johns Hopkins University showed that U.S.is now averaging more than 63,000 new coronavirus cases each day, up 16% from a week ago. "We're just nearly there but not quite yet", Walensky said.

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have increased in the previous week, Walensky said.

And I'm going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom. "I know you all so badly want to be done", Walensky said.

But some parts of the United States have done away with mask mandates and other COVID-19 restrictions, while Americans have gotten out to travel more for spring break and leisure, as pandemic fatigue takes hold.

Later Monday, Biden addressed the nation from the White House, declaring, "If we let our guard down now, we can see the virus getting worse, not better".

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"When you're coming down from a big peak and you reach a point and start to plateau, once you stay at that plateau, you're really in danger of a surge coming up", Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS News on Sunday. "I so badly want to be done". "So I'm asking you to just hold on a little longer, to get vaccinated when you can, so that all of those people that we all love will still be here when this pandemic ends". He added that even as the warm weather gives us the urge "to just cut loose, we've just got to hang in there a bit longer".

Looking directly into the camera, she stressed that she was speaking "not only as your CDC director, but as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, to ask you to just please hold on a little while longer". Just two weeks ago, the 7-day weekly average in daily cases sat at about 53,000 a day.

Vaccine manufacturers are on track to meet their targets, Slavitt said, and Johnson & Johnson will soon deliver 11 million doses. However, Fauci warned, "if we open up completely now, that is premature given the level of infection".

"We do know that there is a segment of the population that is concerned that the government will play too heavy-handed of a role in monitoring their vaccinations", said White House COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt. "One is that there will be no centralized universal federal vaccinations database, and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential", she said.

Unlike the European Union, the White House will not have government administer such passports.

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