Practically half of the nation’s new COVID-19 instances 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.
Collectively, 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 instances out of round 452,000 seen nationwide, information from John Hopkins College present.
New York, which recorded 52,922 instances final week, or a median of about 7,560 a day, accounted for about 12 p.c of the nation’s complete instances.
Simply behind the Empire State was Michigan, which has been grappling with a surge of latest infections and recorded 47,036 new positives over the past week, or a median of about 6,719 every day — practically double what it was two weeks in the past, information present.
Collectively, New York and Michigan accounted for 22 p.c of all new instances throughout the nation final week.
Florida logged 37,927 instances, whereas Pennsylvania and New Jersey noticed round 29,847 and 29,753 new infections, respectively.
The focus of latest instances has prompted some consultants and elected officers to name on the Biden administration to ship further vaccines to hotspots — although the White Home has made no indication they plan to shift their coverage.
Whereas sending further doses to scorching spots sounds logical, it may imply states which are doing a greater job of controlling the virus will see fewer doses, famous Dr. Elvin H. Geng, an infectious illnesses professor at Washington College.
“You wouldn’t wish to make these of us wait as a result of they had been doing higher,” Geng defined.
“Then again, it solely is smart to ship vaccines to the place the instances are rising.”
Mayor Invoice 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 Home final week whether or not it’s contemplating sending further vaccine to states like hers and was instructed 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 continually in talks with the White Home about demand for the jabs, however stopped in need of saying he’s asking for extra doses to deal with the excessive an infection price. He famous that vaccine shipments to the Backyard State are up 12 p.c within the final week — however he nonetheless questioned if it was sufficient.
“We continually take a look at, OK, we all know we’re going up,” Murphy mentioned.
“However are we going up on the price we ought to be, notably given the quantity of instances now we have?”