New cases of COVID-19 are spiking across the US, fueled by the more infectious Delta variant — stoking fears of a virus resurgence as President Biden pleads with unvaccinated Americans to roll up their sleeves.
An average of 32,387 new coronavirus cases were reported each day over the past week — more than double what the seven-day average was 10 days earlier, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data.
The rise also occurred in every state, as well as in the nation’s capital, where Biden on Monday urged those who haven’t yet been jabbed to get their shot as soon as possible.
“If you’re unvaccinated, you are not protected,” Biden told reporters. “So please, please get vaccinated now. It works. It’s safe, it’s free, it’s convenient. You know? This virus doesn’t have to hold you back any longer.”
Less than 400,000 Americans are currently getting their first vaccine dose daily, down from a high