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- Five states make up 44 percent of new infections in the U.S.
- New York is a current hot spot, recording 52,922 new cases last week.
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking the White House for additional vaccine doses.
Five states account for nearly half of all new COVID-19 cases in the United States.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey made up 44 percent of all new cases in the U.S. between March 29 and April 4, or about 197,500 cases out of about 452,000 cases nationwide.
New York is the top hot spot, recording 52,922 cases last week, averaging about 7,560 new cases per day, which is about 12 percent of the U.S.’s total cases.
Next up is Michigan, recording 47,036 new cases last week, an average of 6,719 per day.
Meanwhile, Florida came in third with 37,927 cases, and Pennsylvania and New Jersey averaged about 29,847 and 29,753 new cases, respectively.
Michigan and New York together accounted for 22 percent of cases during that week.
Amid the recent surges, some government officials in the hot spots have called on the White House to supply the states with additional vaccine shipments. However, President Biden’s policy has been to divide the vaccine supply to states based on population and hasn’t indicated he will do otherwise.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is among the elected officials calling for additional vaccine doses, telling reporters on Tuesday, “We still need supply, supply, supply.”
But a professor in infectious diseases at Washington University told the Associated Press dividing the vaccine supply comes down to a judgment call.
“You wouldn’t want to make those folks wait because they were doing better,” Elvin H. Geng said. “On the other hand, it only makes sense to send vaccines to where the cases are rising.”
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