WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US states of Florida and Louisiana hit record numbers in new daily cases and hospitalizations as the coronavirus Delta variant spreads across the United States.
“Louisiana, we remain in a dangerous situation with COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continuing to climb. Today is the fourth day in a row we have broken our own record for hospitalizations, threatening the ability of our hospitals to care for patients,” Governor Bel Edwards said in a statement on Friday.
As of Friday, the number of people hospitalized in Louisiana due to coronavirus infection is 2,421, according to the state’s Health Department.
Edwards said unvaccinated residents make up nine out of every ten new cases and 85 percent of deaths reported last week.
On Thursday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky reported a 43 percent increase in the number of new coronavirus cases, hospital admissions and deaths in recent days, as the more transmissible Delta variant has become the most prevalent and fastest-spreading mutation in the country.