In the United States, COVID-19 infections reached their highest weekly number in six months.

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The vigorous regrowth, driven by the delta variant, emphasizes the sectors of the population that have not been vaccinated.

The weekly average of daily infections reached 110,000 infections per day, the highest level since February in the country, while deaths increased 89% in the last two weeks even though they decreased slightly in the world. In this context, children's hospitals in states like Florida are "overwhelmed" as young people are increasingly affected.

Less than two months ago, the average dropped to 11,000 infections a day, the lowest number since March 2020 before the first wave. But the rise of the highly transmissible delta variant of the virus, plus the relaxation of prevention measures, even though summer favors open-space encounters, brought a series of bad news in the United States, the country with the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 worldwide, with more than 616,000.

The new cases of daily coronavirus in the United States, as recorded in Our World in Data showing the average weekly.

A senior public health official warned this Sunday that the United States "is failing" in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. "We should never have gotten to where we are," said Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, on ABC's "This Week." "Yes, we are failing."

Concerns about the Delta variety have led to an increase in vaccination rates. Yet millions of people, especially in conservative-majority areas, remain skeptical, despite scientific reports confirming the safety of the vaccine.

If we were more efficient in vaccinating everyone, we would not be with this delta boom" Collins said. "Now we are paying a terrible price ."

Hospitalizations and deaths are also rising, although both remain below the highs recorded earlier this year before vaccines were available in large quantities. According to the CDC, more than 44,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, a 30% increase in a week from nearly four times the number reported in June. More than 120,000 people were hospitalized in January due to the virus.

50% of the population is fully vaccinated at the national level, and more than 70% of adults have received at least one dose. However, the curve shows slow progress in recent weeks."Our models show that if we (don't vaccinate more people) we could reach hundreds of thousands of cases a day, like our surge in early January," said the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of Disease (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, to CNN.

The situation is particularly worrying in the south of the country, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the United States. Houston officials say a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases is bringing the local healthcare system closer to a "breaking point", with some patients being moved out of town for medical care. , One of whom was to be treated in North Dakota.

In remarks to NBC, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, highlighted the possible final approval this month of critical vaccines by the federal drug agency (FDA). For now, coronavirus vaccines have been approved for emergency use to counter the pandemic.

According to the Our World in Data registry, the percentage of the population fully vaccinated in the United States.

Fauci, who advises President Joe Biden on health, warned that if the delta variant is not controlled, the chances of a new variant emerging that "could be more problematic than delta" will increase.

In a show of fear over the increase in COVID cases, the New Orleans Jazz Festival organizers announced on Sunday the cancellation of the event, scheduled for October 8-17. 

"In the meantime, we urge all to adhere to the guidelines and protocols established by public health officials," the organizers said in a statement.

But children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccine. Collins warned that if millions of children who would soon return to school face-to-face do not need to wear masks, the virus will spread further. "It is likely to spread to schools, and children will have to return to distance education, which we all want to avoid," he said.

According to the expert, the number of children admitted to the hospital with COVID is now at the highest level of 1450.

Battle against the masks

The Centers for Disease Control tweeted Sunday that even asymptomatic children can transmit the coronavirus and advocated wearing face masks "in closed settings, including schools."

On Sunday on CBS, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona urged schools, many of which are free vaccinated clinics, to "let educational leaders guide.

In Florida, one of the states hardest hit by the surge in cases and whose hospitals face a rapidly growing patient burden, Governor Ron DeSantis sparked angry protests by banning school districts from requiring the use of masks.

Collins, for his part, expressed his exasperation that debates about the vaccine and the use of masks have become politicized: "This is not a political statement or an invasion of your freedoms. It is a medical device that saves lives".