As COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Decline, CDC Director Warns of Lifting Lockdowns
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Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky believes that now is not the time to lift lockdown restrictions, despite the drop in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
“I remain deeply concerned about a potential shift in the trajectory of the pandemic…The latest CDC data continue to suggest that recent declines in cases have leveled off at a very high number,” said Walensky in a press conference on Monday.
“These data are evidence that our recent declines appear to be stalling…Stalling at over 70,000 cases a day. With these new statistics, I am really worried about reports that more states are rolling back the exact public health measures that we have recommended to protect people from COVID-19.”
Since mid-January, the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 has decreased. However, Walensky warned that the number of cases and deaths per day is still too high to normalize.
“We cannot be resigned to 70,000 cases a day…2,000 daily deaths. Please hear me clearly. At this level of cases with variant spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained.”
Walensky motivated people to continue wearing their masks and following the other guidelines necessary to slow the spread.
“Now is not the time to relax the critical safeguards that we know can stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Not when we are so close.”
Walensky encouraged people by saying that the “vaccination is what will bring us out of this pandemic.”