With the start of Labor Day weekend, the U.S. reported more than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases. Fox Business reported that this is the biggest rise since mid-August.
Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that new cases in the country rose by 50,502 on Friday. Meanwhile, according to the same report, the death toll neared 188,000.
According to Fox Business, the seven-day average of new daily cases across the country “was almost 40,319 for Sept. 3,” as reported by a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data.
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“While the number is the country’s lowest one-week average since June 29, that average is much higher than in parts of May and June when it was in the low 20,000s,” Fox Business added.
Some health officials have expressed concern about the potential of a continuously large number of daily cases.
“We should be dealing with this with a much greater sense of urgency than we are,” said Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
A report by The Washington Post on September 6th mentioned that local officials and health experts “say they worry that gatherings during Labor Day weekend — the first long weekend for students who have returned to classrooms across the country — could lead to a repeat of the national surge of coronavirus infections that followed Memorial Day if people don’t follow health guidelines.”
“In some ways we’re entering Labor Day with a more volatile mix than we did before Memorial Day,” said Thomas Tsai, a researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We have masks and treatment, but we’re starting with a much higher base of cases, and we’re still seeing new hot spots rise across the country.”
Immunologist Anthony S. Fauci and epidemiologist David Morens warned in a report in the scientific journal Cell that the novel coronavirus is the latest sign that that the world has “entered a pandemic era,” as reported by The Washington Post.
According to Fauci and Morens, human activity appears to be a key contributing factor in the rise of diseases.