After the emotional appeal of the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, on Monday, the COVID-19 situation in the U.S. has been under close scrutiny. Walensky spoke of "impending doom" as falling case numbers stagnated and some states are at risk of the situation turning from better to worse once more.
A successful vaccination campaign in the country had led to a significant drop in new cases, but the growing number of inoculations might not be able to offset progressing openings and the impact of more contagious mutations, like the UK variant 1.1.7. Some researchers believe the mutation is the dominant variant in the U.S. already.
As of March 29, the most affected states per capita were showing rising trends of new coronavirus cases. New York, New Jersey and Michigan recorded most cases relative to population. Massachusetts, Minnesota and Pennsylvania also showed upwards trends. The picture was less clear in Florida. The state was the only one among the most affected by capita that have ended almost all coronavirus restrictions already.