Pedestrians cross the street in Times Square, New York, USA, on March 24, 2021. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States exceeded 30 million on Wednesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. (Photo by Michael Nagle / Xinhua)
WASHINGTON, March 24 (Xinhua) – The United States on Wednesday exceeded 30 million COVID-19 cases during the year, highlighting a catastrophic failure due to a lack of national leadership, disrespect for science and inadequate public health infrastructure.
With a total of more than 30 million cases and over 545,000 deaths, the richest country remains the hardest hit by COVID-19 worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University study.
The country, with a population of less than 5 percent of the world’s total, accounted for more than 25 percent of the global COVID-19 number and nearly 20 percent of the total death toll.
The dirty turning point came when President Joe Biden, over 60 days in office, struggled to reverse the tragic trajectory of the pandemic left by the piecemeal approach of his predecessor Donald Trump.
Biden’s team, among other measures, stepped up vaccinations across the country.
So far, a third of American adults, about 84 million, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 45 million people have been fully vaccinated, the White House said on Wednesday.
Despite progress in vaccination, the virus continues to spread across the country, although the main indicators have decreased significantly since the peak in January.
The most recent seven-day average of new cases is nearly 55,000 per day, and the seven-day average of deaths is approximately 968 per day.
However, public experts warn that new, more contagious variants threaten to slow progress, as B.1.1.7, originally identified in Britain, could become the dominant strain in the United States by the end of March.
“When I’m often asked,‘ Are we turning for the end? “My answer is actually more like, ‘We’re on the corner.’ Whether we turn around or not remains to be seen, ”said Anthony Fauci, chief national infectious disease expert, at a White House briefing.
“You have to keep doing what we do: more vaccinations and keep working on public health measures until we actually turn around,” Fauci said.
Stanley Perlman, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Iowa, agreed.
“Cases may increase again. We must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing,” Perlman told Xinhua on Wednesday, adding that the spring break could see a deterioration in cases with increased travel.
“This is already a problem. I guess we will see an increase in cases, but it may be among young people, so mortality may not increase much,” Perlman said, referring to the increase in the number of trips during the spring holidays.
However, at least a dozen states have begun easing restrictions on COVID-19, including mask mandates and demands for social exclusion in businesses. Endemic