The United States took further action on Thursday to vaccinate 100 million Americans in a game against a surge in COVID-19 cases, which is exacerbating concerns about another surge across the country, just as the Major League Baseball season begins. When thousands of fans returned to the stadium.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 19 million people have been vaccinated with at least one dose, and more than 56 million people (17% of the national population) have been fully vaccinated.
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But coronavirus infections have started to increase again. The country had an average of 64,000 cases per day this week, compared to an average of 55,000 cases per day two weeks ago. On average, about 900 people die every day.
Officials warned that if the number continues to increase, they may prohibit fans from entering the stadium. Even before the start of the baseball season on Thursday, after a player tested positive for the coronavirus, an opening game was postponed.
The Washington Nationals were originally scheduled to host the New York Mets on Thursday night, but after the Nationals players tested positive for COVID-19, the team cancelled the game. It was not rescheduled immediately.
At the American Home Stadium in Milwaukee, Tonia Smith said that she had no safety concerns about returning to the brewery where she confronted the Minnesota Twins. The stadium can only accommodate up to 16,000 fans, accounting for a quarter of its capacity.
“It’s hard to tell how fast you will get here. This is an open day experience like no other.” said Smith, 45, from Sussex, Wisconsin.
In Chicago, officials warned that if COVID-19 cases continue to rise, they will stop letting baseball fans enter Wrigley Field and cross the guaranteed rate stadium through town, as well as bars and restaurants.
The warning was included in a press release issued by the City’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Wednesday, the day before the Chicago Cubs’ open day. Since 2019, the two stadiums will be restricted to 25% of their capacity when they are opened to fans for the first time.
For Wrigley Stadium, this means that there will be no more than 10,000 fans in the stands. More people are expected to watch the game from nearby bars and restaurants. The guaranteed interest rate field is the location of the White Sox.
At the same time, states are redoubled their efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible by expanding their qualifications and promoting vaccines as an indispensable job for the country to return to normal life.
As of Thursday, anyone over the age of 50 is eligible for the vaccine in California (the most populous state in the state, with 40 million people).
In Michigan, where the new incidence rate was the highest in the state in the past week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer doubled the state’s daily COVID-19 vaccination target to 100,000 shots because the state The third case facing has surged.
The doses directly distributed by Michigan will total about 620,000 next week, a record. This is an increase of 12% from this week, or about 66,000, including a substantial increase in the injection of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The state added 6,000 cases for the second consecutive day on Thursday. Its 7-day average of 5,061 has increased sixfold in the past six weeks.
Michigan also reported the first confirmed variant of the coronavirus, which was first discovered in Brazil. The infection occurred among residents of Bei County, and local health officials are investigating the contact history of the person.
The state has previously reported the discovery of variants first discovered in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
The governor said in a statement: “It is now more important for Michigan people to continue to do work that can slow the spread of the virus.” He wears a mask, maintains social distancing, avoids crowds, washes hands and vaccinates.
While some states are struggling to meet vaccine demand, others report that a large part of their population is hesitant to obtain vaccines.
In Iowa, about one-third of the state’s adult population (approximately 800,000 people) will not commit to vaccinations, prompting Governor Kim Reynolds to beg them to be considerate of everyone.
Viral activity in Iowa has increased in recent weeks, especially among spring break travelers between the ages of 18 and 29.
Reynolds said the state is expected to receive nearly 161,000 doses of vaccine next week, which is the largest weekly supply to date. Starting Monday, although a few counties have expanded their vaccination eligibility, this will allow the state to broadly open vaccination appointments to all adults.
Associated Press writer Steve Megargee, based in Milwaukee, contributed to this report.