A senior scientist has warned that the US faces ” impending doom” as coronavirus cases and hospital admissions rise across the country.
The US has recorded around 60,000 new cases daily for the past week.
The director of the US public health agency the centers for disease control and prevention[CDC]. was speaking at a White House briefing when she said she was going to go ” off script”.
” I’m going to reflect on the reoccurring feeling I have of impending doom,” Dr Rochelle Walensky said, adding” we have so much reason for hope , but right now I’m scared.”
Dr Walensky said she did not want the US to face another spike in cases and deaths as happened in many European countries.
Speaking in a Tv address from the White house president Biden issued a plea to state governors to re-introduce laws that require citizens to wear masks.
” If we let our guard down now, we can see the virus getting worse , not better,” President Biden said.
He also spoke about the US success in its national vaccination programmed and suggested it was ahead of schedule.
By 19 April , 90% of American adults will be eligible for a vaccine and will have access to a vaccination Centre five miles from their homes, he promised.
More than one in five adults and nearly all Americans, aged over 65-years are full vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Mr. Biden urged Americans in the meantime to adhere to guidelines on social distancing and face coverings.
“Fight to finish,” he said. ” don’t let up now.”
source; BBC NEWS.