One Month Ago Joe Biden Declared U.S. Close to Independence From COVID; Where Do We Stand?
BY ELIZABETH CRISP ON 8/5/21 AT 8:00 AM EDT
01:27COVID-19 Vaccine: Here’s Where Global Vaccination Numbers Stand As Cases Rise
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One month ago, U.S. President Joe Biden held a largely maskless Independence Day celebration at the White House and declared that the United States was “closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus.”
Today, the highly contagious Delta variant of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has caused a growing surge in cases that have fueled a return to mask mandates and other restrictions meant to curb the pandemic in areas where cases are spiking.
A Newsweek analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data found that on July 4—the day of Biden’s public address—12,813 people tested positive for COVID-19 across the country. Nearly a month later on Monday, the most recent data available, more than six times as many people—78,806—reportedly tested positive.
Additionally, deaths from COVID-19 have spiked. The CDC reports 101 deaths on the day of Biden’s address, compared to 392 on Monday.
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Because of varying state reporting schedules, the figures reported on July 4, a Sunday, could have lagged because of the weekend, but a review of the figures from the following day, a Monday, shows that there were 106 deaths reported on July 5, and 11,586 new positive cases were reported—both still well below the trends this week.