Nearly half of the nation’s new COVID-19 circumstances are concentrated in simply 5 states — together with New York, which had the best variety of new infections throughout the nation final week, information present.
Together, New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey accounted for 44% of all new infections between March 29 and April 4 with about 197,500 circumstances out of round 452,000 seen nationwide, information from John Hopkins University present.
New York, which recorded 52,922 circumstances final week, or a median of about 7,560 a day, accounted for about 12 p.c of the nation’s whole circumstances.
Just behind the Empire State was Michigan, which has been grappling with a surge of latest infections and recorded 47,036 new positives during the last week, or a median of about 6,719 every day — almost double what it was two weeks in the past, information present.
Together, New York and Michigan accounted for 22 p.c of all new circumstances throughout the nation final week.
Florida logged 37,927 circumstances, whereas Pennsylvania and New Jersey noticed round 29,847 and 29,753 new infections, respectively.
The focus of latest circumstances has prompted some consultants and elected officers to name on the Biden administration to ship extra vaccines to hotspots — although the White House has made no indication they plan to shift their coverage.
While sending additional doses to sizzling spots sounds logical, it might imply states which might be doing a greater job of controlling the virus will see fewer doses, famous Dr. Elvin H. Geng, an infectious ailments professor at Washington University.
“You wouldn’t need to make these people wait as a result of they had been doing higher,” Geng defined.
“On the opposite hand, it solely is smart to ship vaccines to the place the circumstances are rising.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly demanded extra vaccine provide from the federal authorities, saying Tuesday “We nonetheless want provide, provide, provide.”
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer mentioned she requested the White House final week whether or not it’s contemplating sending additional vaccine to states like hers and was informed all choices are on the desk.
She mentioned she didn’t plan to tighten restrictions to deal with the surge and as an alternative blamed it on pandemic fatigue and extra contagious variants of the virus.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy mentioned he’s always in talks with the White House about demand for the jabs, however stopped in need of saying he’s asking for extra doses to deal with the excessive an infection charge. He famous that vaccine shipments to the Garden State are up 12 p.c within the final week — however he nonetheless questioned if it was sufficient.
“We always take a look at, OK, we all know we’re going up,” Murphy mentioned.
“But are we going up on the charge we ought to be, significantly given the quantity of circumstances we now have?”