In grim news for the United States of America, the country has reported more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases in a day. This is the highest single-day jump in COVID cases for the US in six months, reported news agency Reuters citing its own tally.
The development came soon after the news that the global coronavirus case tally crossed the 200 million mark on Wednesday, as per a Reuters tally.
Experts have said that the Delta variant of coronavirus, which is more infectious and highly transmissible, is threatening areas with low vaccination rates and is putting additional strain on healthcare systems worldwide.
As cases continue to jump in the United States following a lull and withdrawal of several restrictions including compulsory masking in most cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that the country has given 348,102,478 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Wednesday morning.
The CDC said 192,614,017 people had been administered at least one dose, while 165,334,987 have been fully vaccinated as of Wednesday.
As per details available, the US has been registering nearly 95,000 cases on a seven-day average. This marks a five-fold jump in cases in less than a month.
Top US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci has said that the daily cases could grow to 200,000 per day in the coming weeks. He said the Delta variant would be to blame for that.
“If another one comes along that has an equally high capability of transmitting but also is much more severe, then we could really be in trouble,” Fauci said in an interview with McClatchy. “People who are not getting vaccinated mistakenly think it’s only about them. But it isn’t. It’s about everybody else, also.”
The Delta variant was first detected in India and it was blamed for the deadly second wave that the South Asian nation witnessed in the last few months.