THE US could be on the brink of a “disturbing surge” in Covid cases as worshipers pack out churches and some 1.6million fly over the Easter weekend, Dr Anthony Fauci has warned.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has implored Americans to “hang in there a bit longer” and refrain becoming complacent by thinking the country has beaten Covid.
Dr Fauci warned the US could be on the verge of a fourth Covid wave as he spoke to CNN’s Jim Acosta[/caption]
Almost 1.6million jetsetters headed for US airports this weekend[/caption]
Speaking with CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday, he said: “Just yesterday, we had over 60,000 new cases in a day.
“That’s what happened in Europe, and what is happening, and Europe, for the most part, is going through another disturbing surge.
“There is the danger of having a resurgence. And another big surge.
“So, don’t declare, prematurely, victory. Because we’re not there yet.”
Dr Fauci’s stark warning came as worshipers pack out churches this weekend for Easter ceremonies.
Meanwhile, 1.6million jetsetters have so far taken to the skies – despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still advising against non-essential travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave those who are fully vaccinated the green light to travel both domestically and internationally on Friday.
Data from the Transportation Security Administration reveals almost 1.6million travelers were screened on Friday and Saturday.
That compares to 124,021 people screened on April 1 last year and 129,763 on April 2.
Mark Howell, a spokesman for TSA, told Axios the jump in numbers is mainly down to spring breakers flocking to places like Florida.
Worshipers have headed to churches for Easter ceremonies[/caption]
Dr Fauci has urged Americans to ‘hang in there a bit longer’[/caption]
Dr Fauci has urged Americans to not take unnecessary risks and to remain vigilant as the virus continues to spread.
“This is not going to last forever,” he added.
“The vaccine is going to win out.
“‘It’s not going to be easy, I hope we have a degree of success.”
It comes as Joe Biden urged people to get jabbed in an Easter message with First Lady Jill Biden.
Joe Biden has urged Americans to get vaccinated against Covid[/caption]
“We share the sentiments of Pope Francis, who said that getting vaccinated in a moral obligation — one that can save your life and the lives of others.
“By getting vaccinated and encouraging your congregations and your communities to vaccinate, we not only can beat this virus — we can also haste the day we can celebrate the holidays together again.”
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The death tally stands at 568,550.