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CDC director ‘really worried’ about states rolling back Covid safety measures as U.S. cases appear to plateau

  • CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said she is "really worried" about states rolling back Covid-19 restrictions as cases appear to be leveling off at a "very high number."
  • "Please hear me clearly: At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained," she said.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that she is "really worried" about some states rolling back public health measures intended to contain the coronavirus pandemic as U.S. cases appear to be leveling off at a "very high number."

The declines in Covid-19 cases seen since early January now appear to be stalling at around 70,000 new cases per day, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House news briefing. "With these statistics, I am really worried about more states rolling back the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from Covid-19."

"Seventy thousand cases a day seems good compared to where we were just a few months ago," she said. "Please hear me clearly: At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained."

The U.S. is recording at least 67,300 new Covid-19 cases each day, based on a seven-day average calculated by CNBC using Johns Hopkins University data. The U.S. peaked at close to 250,000 cases per day in early January following the winter holidays.

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