A group of men read a public safety caution while enjoying bars and restaurants on South Beach during Spring Break amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Miami, Florida, March 27, 2021.
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The hospital is seeing younger patients in their 30s and 40s admitted to severe COVID-19 treatment, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Valensky said on Wednesday.
“The data suggest this is all happening as we see the prevalence of variations increasing, with 52 jurisdictions now reporting cases of a wide range of concerns,” Walensky said in a press release on the outbreak.
Scientists say the new coronavirus is more infectious and some of them can be life-threatening as well, resulting in more severe cases.
Walensky said the highly invasive B.1.1.7 strain from the United Kingdom had become an endemic species in the United States.
Walensky previously warned that vacation travel could lead to further increases in the case, especially in Florida, where it has spread rapidly.
“I beg you for the health of our country,” Walensky said at a briefing last month. “The case climbed last spring last year, climbed again in the summer, they will climb now if we stop taking preventive measures as we get more and more vaccines.”
Variant B.1.1.7 has spread and there are now over 16,000 cases in 52 jurisdictions in the country. This variant is about 50% more infectious than the original coronavirus strain.