Fauci says Covid cases 'are at a disturbing level' and are set to surge

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Dr Anthony Fauci said on CNN on Wednesday said that U.S. coronavirus cases have plateaued at a 'disturbingly high level' and that there is a risk of a fourth surge.
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Dr Anthony Fauci warned that the number of new coronavirus cases recorded every day has leveled off at a 'disturbingly high level.'

The country reported 75,038 infections on Wednesday with a seven-day rolling average of 65,882, marking the 13th day in a row that the average has topped 60,000, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.

On Tuesday morning, the nation's top infectious disease expert said that he believed the U.S. mass vaccination campaign would prevent a fourth surge of cases.

But speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday evening, Fauci said he is concerned that the number of daily cases has not notably decreased for some time.

'Well, certainly, deaths are coming down, hospitalizations are coming down...but the number that is disturbing is the number of cases each day,' the director for the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases said.

'When we had the big spike [in the winter]...then it came back down, but now it's plateaued at a disturbingly high level...when you're at that level, there is the risk of getting a surge back up.

'It's almost a race between getting people vaccinated and this surge that seems to want to increase.'

What's more, nearly half of U.S. states, 22 in total, are reporting an increase in new cases, according to Johns Hopkins data.

It comes as the U.S. also recorded 2,570 COVID-19-related fatalities, the highest figured seen since February 24, the analysis found.

Since the start of the pandemic, the country has recorded more than 30.9 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 559,000 deaths.

Dr Anthony Fauci said on CNN on Wednesday said that cases have plateaued at a 'disturbingly high level' and that there is a risk of a surge, just one day after he said he believed the U.S. mass vaccination campaign would prevent a fourth wave

On Wednesday, the country recorded 75,038 infections with a seven-day rolling average of 65,882, marking the 13th day in…
Mary Kekatos Senior, By Mary Kekatos Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
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