New COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations are spiking across the US again as the country battles a new crisis — a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” White House officials said Friday.
The most recent seven-day average of new infections jumped 70 percent from the previous average to about 26,300, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a morning briefing.
Meanwhile, hospital admissions rose 36 percent to about 2,790 per day while deaths saw a 26 percent spike to 211 per day after several weeks of decline, Walensky said.
“There is a message that is crystal clear: This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Walensky said.
“We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage, because unvaccinated people are at risk.”
Unvaccinated pockets of the country are continuing to keep the coronavirus in circulation.SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
While the latest numbers are nothing close