According to the newest reports, the death toll caused by COVID-19 is on the rise once again after weeks of going down in numbers.
More precisely, the United States averaged about 365 deaths per day, which amounts to around 7 percent more than the 342 daily average from a couple of weeks ago.
Of course, while any rise in deaths is concerning, the numbers are still at only a fraction of where they were months ago when the daily average was in the thousands.
The U.S. is close to reaching 1 million total deaths caused by the COVID-19 virus and it is likely to happen later this week.
In the light of this unfortunate milestone, President Joe Biden declared that “we must not grow numb to this sorrow. To heal, we must remember. We must remain vigilant against the pandemic and do everything that we can to save as many lives as possible.”
As mentioned before, the increase in COVID deaths comes after weeks of a slow decline.
The Omicron variants spreading haven’t been causing more serious illness but people are still passing away regardless.
Officials also warned that waning immunity and the low vaccine booster uptake have led to a rising in deaths amongst those fully vaccinated as well.
As for the reported cases in the United States, they remain the highest in the Northeast, Rhode Island marking for over 67 cases per 100K people which is on the rise from the 38.4 average per 100K people from a couple of weeks ago.
Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine have had over 50 cases per 100K people in the last two weeks as well.
On the other hand, no less than 15 states reported 10 and fewer new COVID-19 cases per 100K people during that same time period, Arizona, Alabama, Arkansans, Idaho, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska and Texas, being some of them.
Finally, a total of 5 states reported a decline in case rates, one of which was Montana, a state that reported 5.2 new cases per 100K people, which was less than their 5.5 average from a couple of weeks ago.
Alaska, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Washington were the other four states that reported fewer cases than two weeks prior.
All in all, as the weather gets warmer and warmer, more and more people are letting their guards down which may explain why the numbers are on the rise again.
With that being said, officials warn that COVID-19 is not over yet so people should still be careful.