The COVID-19 pandemic updates on Thursday, August 5, revealed a grim reality for the new Delta variant-driven pandemic in the U.S.

In total, 109,824 new virus cases were reported, with a seven-day rolling average of 98,518. It appeared that the country is suffering from a daily average of 100,000, a worrisome rate that had not been seen since mid-February.

From an average of 26.079 cases recorded three weeks prior, this growth is equivalent to a 277% increase, the Daily Mail reports. Around that period, the U.S. reported a spike in new CCP virus patients in all 50 states.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also, in a Thursday report confirmed that the Delta variant was responsible for 93.4% of the recent increase, demonstrating how highly transmissive the Indian version of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus could be. 

In certain areas such as Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, the proportion was even higher, at approximately 98%. This figure resembles what a leaked CDC document stated: the Delta strain spreads as fast as chickenpox.

Daily deaths had also increased since the beginning of this month, which rocketed from nearly 500 fatalities per day to 750 new victims on Friday, August 6, per Worldometers.

Doctors also report the Delta strain to infect younger patients, according to CNN.

The American Academy of Pediatrics said that between July 22 and 29, they saw a substantial increase in CCP virus-infected children and teens from 39,000 to 71,726 new cases. The outlet approximated the rise during that period was 84%.

The agency advised that the shots remain the most reliable resort to resist the Delta variant, which guarantees that it could prevent severe illnesses and reduce the risk of death.

“Our vaccines are working exceptionally well,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told CNN on Thursday night. “They continue to work well for Delta, with regard to severe illness and death—they prevent it. But what they can’t do anymore is prevent transmission.”

The CDC database conveyed that by August 2, there had been 7,525 breakthrough cases who were hospitalized or died, and among them, the over 65 years old made up 74% (5,557). But the agency also noted that the figure could be undercounted. 

The spike in new patients infected with the Delta variant, together with the government’s push, had purportedly fueled more Americans to get vaccinated. As of August 4, the CDC revealed a seven-day average of 445,691 people who got the jab, a 17% increase compared to last week. 

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