White House says one in five new COVID-19 cases are in Florida
One in five COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks has been detected in Florida, a White House adviser said Thursday.
Jeff Zients, the Biden administration's coronavirus response coordinator, said the Sunshine State accounted for about 20% of the new confirmed cases in nationwide.
"For the second week in a row, one in five cases occurs in Florida alone - and within communities, those cases are mostly unvaccinated people," a Zients said at a press briefing.
Meanwhile, about 40% of new infections this week came from just three states: Florida, Texas and Missouri, Zients said.
Currently, about 47% of Florida residents are fully vaccinated against the virus - lower than the national average nat of prfrom 49%, according to "the Mayo Clinic .
White House adviser declared COVID on five -19 cases in the past two weeks have occurred in Florida. Images
Meanwhile, Texas and the Missouri has only fully vaccinated about 43% and 40% of its population, respectively, the data shows.
In New York City, just over 56% of its population is fully immunized againstre the virus.
"Important statements with the highest rate of cases actually see their vaccination rates increasing," Zients said, adding that Florida had a higher vaccination rate last week than the national average.
Florida has had one of the most relaxed approaches to the pandemic coronavirus.
It was one of the last states to impose a coronavirus lockdown at the start of the pandemic - then quickly began to reopen in the first week of May 2020, when it lifted "its stay-at-home order.
Texas also had one of the fastest reopening, the State that first lifted restrictions on May 1, 2020 - while Missouri began lifting its lockdown the following month.
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New " York began to lift its COVID-19 restrictions in mid-June of the last year, after Cuomo ended the state's stay-at-home command.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that the seven-day average of new cases in the United States was up 53% from the previous week - with the Delta variant accounting for about 83% of infections nationwide.
"It is clear that we are experiencing what many other countries are experiencing: an increase in the number of cases due to the more transmissible Delta variant," Zients said.
But Zients pointed out that the vaccines provided sufficient protection against the variant.
"The good news is that current scientific evidence shows that our current vaccines work as they did in clinical trials, even against the Delta variant, ”he said.