CDC director Rochelle Walensky warned states on Monday that “now is not the time” to lift public health restrictions, as the recent dramatic declines in coronavirus cases and deaths “appear to be stalling.”
While the average of 70,000 new infections and 2,000 daily deaths is nowhere near the extremely high levels recorded at the start of 2021, the figures are still a poor baseline to “stop a potential fourth surge” — especially with the threat posed by more contagious new variants, Walensky warned.
The most recent seven-day average of cases and deaths increased by about 2%, after plummeting across the country for several weeks in a row.
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