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Although the covid-19 vaccine encourages hopes that this Thanksgiving in pandemic is less difficult than the first in this condition, it is also true that the increase in infections in some regions could be complicated or aggravated by family gatherings for the celebration.
As The Associated Press highlights, in the United States nearly 200 million people are fully vaccinated, although still there are millions who object to receiving a single dose. It is precisely these people who are falling ill with covid-19 and filling hospitals in the north of the country, particularly in Minnesota and Michigan.
In Michigan, hospitals had around 3,800 patients at the beginning of the week, 20% of which were in intensive care; on Monday, the state hit the highest rate in the entire country, with 616 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. These figures inevitably bring to mind the harshest days of the pandemic in 2020.
In some Colorado communities, the mandate to use masks has been reintroduced, due to high infections. There’s also alarming numbers in New Mexico, Utah, Montana and Wyoming.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan reported that hospitalizations have doubled since the beginning of November.
Even so, there are generally better prospects for celebrating the Thanksgiving Day in the country, than those in 2020, since the vaccine, which arrived in December of last year, changed the landscape of 169,000 daily cases and 1,645 deaths per day in the country, when about 81,000 people were hospitalized. Today, the average number of cases is 95,000, deaths are around 1,115 and there are about 40,000 people hospitalized.
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