America could see as many as 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day if its current spikes in infections are not contained, the country’s top infectious disease expert warned Congress on Tuesday.
Dr Anthony Fauci, a leading member of the White House’s Coronavirus Taskforce, said the resurgence in severe outbreaks of the virus “puts the entire country at risk.”
He warned the country’s daily number of new cases, already the highest in the world, could more than double if the situation is not brought under control.
“We are now having 40,000-plus new cases a day,” Dr Fauci told US senators during a hearing on Tuesday. “I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around. And so I’m very concerned because it could get very bad,” he said.
The stark warning came as Dr Robert Redfield, director of America’s Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) told the hearing that vaccine scepticism among some Americans could pose a challenge to the country’s attempt to contain the pandemic.