Sumary of Florida, Missouri and Texas now account for 40% of new coronavirus cases in U.S.:
- WASHINGTON — Just three states are now driving the pandemic in the United States, as the divide between vaccinated and unvaccinated regions of the country becomes ever more stark, as the more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads.
- Forty percent of all new cases this week have been recorded in Florida, Texas and Missouri, White House pandemic response coordinator Jeff Zients revealed at a press briefing Thursday.
- Florida alone accounts for 20 percent of all new cases nationally, Zients pointed out, a trend that has stretched into its second week.
- Zients added that “virtually all” hospitalizations and deaths — a full 97 percent — are among unvaccinated people.
- (Tom Brenner/Reuters)Encouragingly, Zients said the five states that have experienced the most significant rise in infections — Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Nevada and Missouri — all also saw vaccination rates beat the national average for a second week in a row.
- Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, is a Donald Trump loyalist who is widely expected to seek the presidency in 2024. His handling of the pandemic is coming under new scrutiny with the recent rise in cases.
- Critical care workers insert an endotracheal tube into a COVID-19 patient at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.
- (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)As the pandemic has surged back in parts of the country, other Republicans have deviated from that approach.