Data shows that nearly half of the new COVID-19 cases in the United States are concentrated in five states-including New York, which was the state with the most new infections in the country last week.
According to data from John Hopkins University, between March 29 and April 4, New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey accounted for 44 of all new infections. %, of the approximately 452,000 cases nationwide, there are approximately 197,500 cases.
New York recorded 52,922 cases last week, an average of about 7,560 cases per day, accounting for about 12% of the total number of cases in the state.
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The data shows that Michigan is closely followed by the Empire State Building. Michigan has been struggling to cope with the surge of new infections. Last week, 47,036 new positives were recorded, an average of about 6,71
Last week, New York and Michigan combined accounted for 22% of all new cases in the country.
Florida recorded 37,927 cases, Pennsylvania and New Jersey detected 29,847 and 29,753 new infections, respectively.
The concentration of new cases has prompted certain experts and elected officials to call on the Biden administration to deliver more vaccines to hot spots, although the White House has shown no signs that they plan to change its policies.
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Dr. Elvin H. Geng, professor of infectious diseases at the University of Washington, pointed out that while sending additional doses to hot spots sounds logical, it may mean that states that are better at controlling the virus will see fewer doses.
Geng explained: “You don’t want those people to wait because their condition has improved.”
“On the other hand, it only makes sense to send vaccines to places where cases are rising.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio (Bill de Blasio) repeatedly asked the federal government to provide more vaccines, he said: “We still need supply, supply, supply.”
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she asked the White House last week whether it was considering sending additional vaccines to states like hers and was told that all options were on the table.
She said that she does not intend to tighten restrictions in response to this surge, but blames it on pandemic fatigue and more contagious variants of the virus.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he has been negotiating with the White House about the need for the jab, but he did not disclose that he is requesting more doses to deal with the high infection rate. He pointed out that vaccine shipments to Garden State increased by 12% last week-but he still questioned whether it was enough.
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Murphy said: “We have been observing, well, we know we are going to rise.”
“But are we developing at the pace we deserve, especially considering the number of cases we have?”
This article originally appeared on NYPost.com.