COVID surge in US engulfs five most vaccinated states ahead of Thanksgiving
- COVID surge in Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut and Massachusetts comes ahead of Thanksgiving
- Vermont, where 73% of the population is fully vaccinated, saw an 18% rise in daily infections between November 17- 24
- The US has fully vaccinated 196.2 million people, or 69% of its population aged 12 and older
COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the five most vaccinated states in United States at a time when millions of people are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. Vermont, where 73% of the population is fully vaccinated, has recorded an 18% rise in daily infections over the past two weeks, as of November 24, including an average of 370 new COVID-19 cases a day over the past week before Wednesday. Rhode Island, which is 72% vaccinated, saw a 69% rise in new cases during the 14-day time period, with an average of 480 new cases a day from November 17 to November 24.
Maine, also 72% vaccinated, saw a 35% (now 694 daily average of new cases), while 72%-vaccinated Connecticut saw a 120% spike in daily COVID cases (now 751 daily average of new cases).
Massachusetts, which is 71% vaccinated, saw a rise of 81% during the last 14 days before November 24, recording 2,881 cases a day between November 17-24 on average.
National daily cases have been rising since October 24, with a 30% surge in the seven-day daily average of new cases in the past two weeks, according to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC).
The US has fully vaccinated 196.2 million people, or 69% of its population aged 12 and older.
Roughly 1 in 10 Americans have had their COVID booster vaccine even as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC on November 19 approved boosters for all adults six months after their second dose of an mRNA vaccine, or two months after getting Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine.
President Joe Biden's administration is also encouraging people over 50 to get the additional protection against COVID-19. The American Automobile Association says it expects millions of people to travel for Thanksgiving this week, despite the latest COVID-19 surge and cases of a new COVID variant in Botwana, South Africa and Hong Kong.