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Fauci concerned over coronavirus spikes as US reopens

Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease official, cautioned that the “blips” of rising coronavirus hospitalizations being reported by some states could get out of control if robust contact tracing regimes are not put in place.

About half a dozen US states are grappling with a rising number of coronavirus patients filling hospital beds, with Texas and North Carolina reporting on Friday their highest hospitalization rates since the pandemic began. 

Fauci, in an interview with CNN, underscored that increased hospitalizations was a worrying trend and a sign that “maybe we need to slow down a little” on reopenings.

“When you start seeing more hospitalizations, that’s a sure fire sign that you’re in a situation where you’re going in the wrong direction,” he said.

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