US Sees Alarming Surge in Delta Variant Cases, Children Scramble to Find ICU Beds

More than 900 students and a dozen teachers were exposed as the second week of school comes to an end in Marion, Arkansas, and the district grapples with an outbreak of Covid-19 cases that saw 47 students and eight staff members test positive.

There’s a lot of good news to bring Americans into the weekend; the US hit the key milestone of vaccinating 50% of the total population, and nearly 60% of the eligible population — those 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

The economy added a better-than-expected 943,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 5.4%, more signs the US is determined and desperate to recover from the pandemic, although those numbers precede some of the recent restrictions on public life that have been enacted in response to the Delta variant.

Which brings us to the impossible-to-ignore bad news. Covid-19 cases have resurged, with the seven-day average topping 100,000 for the first time in nearly six months, and the seven-day average of US deaths, nearly all of which could have been avoided with a vaccine, approaching 500.

“Today, about 400 people will die because of the Delta variant in this country. A tragedy, because virtually all of these deaths were preventable if people had gotten vaccinated,” President Joe Biden said Friday at an event that was supposed to tout the jobs numbers.

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US Sees Alarming Surge in Delta Variant Cases, Children Scramble to Find ICU Beds

People wear masks around Times Square, as cases of the infectious coronavirus Delta variant continue to rise in New York City, New York, US. (Reuters)

People wear masks around Times Square, as cases of the infectious coronavirus Delta variant continue to rise in New York City, New York, US. (Reuters)

More than 900 students and a dozen teachers were exposed as the second week of school comes to an end in Marion, Arkansas, and the district grapples with an outbreak of Covid-19 cases that saw 47 students and eight staff members test positive.

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There’s a lot of good news to bring Americans into the weekend; the US hit the key milestone of vaccinating 50% of the total population, and nearly 60% of the eligible population — those 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

The economy added a better-than-expected 943,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 5.4%, more signs the US is determined and desperate to recover from the pandemic, although those numbers precede some of the recent restrictions on public life that have been enacted in response to the Delta variant.ADVERTISEMENThttps://298d82f7716d1f0761ee042a05e4c911.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Which brings us to the impossible-to-ignore bad news. Covid-19 cases have resurged, with the seven-day average topping 100,000 for the first time in nearly six months, and the seven-day average of US deaths, nearly all of which could have been avoided with a vaccine, approaching 500.

“Today, about 400 people will die because of the Delta variant in this country. A tragedy, because virtually all of these deaths were preventable if people had gotten vaccinated,” President Joe Biden said Friday at an event that was supposed to tout the jobs numbers.ADVERTISEMENThttps://298d82f7716d1f0761ee042a05e4c911.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

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Tragedy? Yes. Reason to shut down the country again? No. “This is not March 2020, or even January 2021. We’re not going to lock down our economy or our schools because our country’s in a much stronger place than when we took office thanks to the President’s leadership in vaccinating the American people and getting economic relief to those who need it,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday. “We’ve been preparing like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for this moment and the potential that there would be ups and downs in our recovery.” CNN.

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