US Reports COVID Surge Amidst Funds Depletion

Story Highlights
  • BA.2 variant reported in parts of New York.
  • Congress reported depletion of funds to provide future treatments and vaccines.
  • Former Sec Hilary Clinton tests positive.

Washington: Coronavirus seems to be making a comeback in the United State of America. Part of the country in the north-eastern region have been reporting BA.2 variant dominating the crowd, officials said on Wednesday.

This rebound comes as Congress reports drying of funds as it declined to add $22.5 billion in COVID-19 funding to a spending bill passed last week. On or around April 5, there is expected to be no money for new claims for vaccination services. Supplies of monoclonal antibody treatments to states were cut by 35 per cent, and the treatments are expected to run out by May.

According to the National Health Agency, the country has been recording 28,600 cases per day, down the well from a peak of more than 800,000 recorded in January. With around 900 deaths per day, the death toll rose to one million in a month.

CDC director, Rochelle Walensky citing the rise said, “ We have seen a small increase in reported Covid-19 cases in New York State and New York City and some increases in people in hospital with COVID-19 in New England, specifically where the BA.2 variant has been reaching levels above 50 per cent (prevalence).”

BA.2 variant currently accounts for 35 per cent of the cases nationally and is expected to have become more dominant.

Earlier on Tuesday, Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that she had contracted COVID-19. “Well, I’ve tested positive for COVID. I’ve got some mild cold symptoms but am feeling fine. I’m more grateful than ever for the protection vaccines can provide against serious illness,” the 74-year-old tweeted, who was also the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

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