World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 08 Apr, 2021 02:30 am

Michigan signals the emergence of a B.1.1.7 pandemic in the United States

Michigan signals the emergence of a B.1.1.7 pandemic in the United States
The CDC has stated that the B.1.1.7 variant, also known as the UK variant, is driving the current surge in coronavirus in the United States. It has become the dominant variant in hard-hit states in the Northeast and Midwest.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the age group with the highest growth rate in hospitalization has been those 50 to 59 years of age, with a 653 percent increase.Those between 40 to 49 years of age have seen a 503 percent increase.Though the actual numbers are small, those between the age of 18 and 29 have seen a 400 percent increase.Just across the border from Michigan, in Canada, the province of Ontario has seen a 64 percent increase in coronavirus variants cases.

Walensky’s statement, a mere suggestion, runs counter to the demands of the public health emergency driven by the new B.The truth is that no US state, whether Republican-run Florida or Democratic-run Michigan, has a record of public health success.

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