Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

Coronavirus: US officials warn 'this is just the beginning'

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Tulsa US Vice president Mike Pence arriving at a campaign rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa Oklahoma
Gustavo Carr | 01 July, 2020, 01:24

Fauci's remarks, made during an appearance before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, came as the number of new cases in some Southern and Southwestern states has soared.

Now, as some states see the number of cases tick up dramatically, political leaders are actually reversing some of those original reopenings. "Donald Trump failed us", the 77-year-old former vice president said in a speech in DE, where he unveiled an updated plan to tackle the pandemic.

He warned that if we do not get the situation under control, the USA could see more than 100,000 new cases every day. "We need to do something about that and we need to do it very quickly".

For its part, Texas has begun scaling back the reopening of its economy.

Some parts of the country are now seeing alarming spikes in COVID-19 cases as the chickens come home to roost from states' reopening efforts.

The United States is leading the world in both officially confirmed infections and fatalities as it continues to see surges in new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in many states.

SC has also emerged as a hotspot, reporting a record single-day increase of 1,755 cases on Tuesday. Singapore's outbreak peaked in mid-April when 1,400 new cases were reported in one day.

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Tough border measures will also be introduced for anyone coming from Victoria, including mandatory hotel quarantine. He added main transport corridors "in and out of these suburbs will be the subject of booze bus-type checks".

"I think there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country that, "hey it's summer". We're over this and we are not even beginning to be over this.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, center, speaks as Vice President Mike Pence, right, and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, left, listen during a news conference with members of the Coronavirus task force at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020.

But when asked by CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen whether the USA can get to herd immunity if 25% of the population refuses to get a coronavirus vaccine with that rate of effectiveness, Fauci said, "No, unlikely". But he suggested the vaccine would not be fully effective.

He said the vaccine would be only 70 percent to 75 percent effective because many Americans refuse to get it.

"There is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country - an alarmingly large percentage of people, relatively speaking", Fauci told CNN in an interview.

According to the CDC website, herd immunity is reached when "a sufficient proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness) to make its spread from person to person unlikely".