White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told CNN that “we’re not going to control the pandemic” after coronavirus cases hit record high. Meadow’s comments point to the Trump administration’s focus on a potential vaccine or therapeutic to manage Covid, rather than implementing national measures to help mitigate the spread of infections. Over the past seven days, the U.S. reported an average of 68,767 new cases — the highest level since the pandemic began. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:
Colder temperatures are arriving in the Northern Hemisphere, and an insidious rise in new coronavirus cases in the U.S. and Europe is underway.
For months, health officials have warned against this possibility, and as these trends begin to materialize, countries are weighing whether to impose stricter measures to contain the virus’ spread.
“Our worry has been that we would see a fall wave, that we’d see a big resurgence in the fall,” said Justin Lessler, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “And that has really been something I think all of us in the public health community have been worried about for a while.”
In the U.S., coronavirus cases were growing by 5% or more in 38 states, as of Friday, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University that uses a weekly average to smooth out the reporting. The nation is averaging roughly 55,000 new coronavirus cases every day, a more than 16% increase compared with a week ago.
“It’s still not too late to vigorously apply good public health measures, and again I emphasize without necessarily shutting down the country,” White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told Johns Hopkins University during a recorded Q&A on Thursday.
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