White House says 1 in 5 new COVID-19 cases are in Florida


A White House adviser said Thursday that one in five cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Florida in the past two weeks.

Jeff Ziants, the Biden administration’s coronavirus response coordinator, said the Sunshine State accounts for about 20 percent of the new confirmed cases for the entire country.

“For the second week in a row, one in all cases occur in Florida alone — and within communities, these cases are primarily among unvaccinated people,” Ziants said at a press briefing.

Meanwhile, about 40 percent of new infections this week came from just three states — Florida, Texas and Missouri, Ziants said.

Currently, about 47 percent of people in Florida have been fully vaccinated against the virus – less than the national average of about 49 percent, According to the Mayo Clinic.

A group of tourists from the United States, mostly from Miami, celebrate the 41st birthday party of Kenneth Baboun at the Auro Bar on Zlatni Rat beach in Bol, Croatia, on June 27, 2021.  Croatia has already registered a 40 percent increase in tourists compared to last year, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit tourism across the continent.
A White House adviser said one out of every five COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks has been in Florida.
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Meanwhile, Texas and Missouri only have about 43 percent and 40 percent of their populations fully vaccinated, the data shows.

In New York, more than 56 percent of its population is fully immunized against the virus.

“The states with the significantly highest case rates are actually seeing their vaccine vaccination rates increase,” Ziants 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 coronavirus pandemic.

It was one of the last states to impose a coronavirus lockdown at the start of the pandemic – then began reopening in the first week of May 2020, when it Withdrew his stay-at-home order.

Texas also had one of the fastest reopenings, with the state lifting restrictions for the first time on May 1, 2020 – while Missouri began lifting its lockdown the following month.

New York began lifting its COVID-19 restrictions in mid-June last year, after Cuomo ended the state’s stay-at-home order.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that the seven-day average of new cases in the US was 53 percent higher than the previous week — the delta version comprised about 83 percent of infections nationwide.

“It is clear that we are experiencing what many other countries are experiencing – an increase in the number of cases driven by the more transmissible delta variant,” Ziants said.

But Ziants insisted that the vaccines provided adequate protection against the variant.

“The good news is that current scientific evidence suggests that our current vaccines are working as they did in clinical trials, even against the delta variant,” he said.

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