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The White House task force is warning about ‘unrelenting’ spread of the coronavirus

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the coronavirus pandemic response is going in the wrong direction and more darkness may be ahead

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An employee, center right, wearing a face mask and face shield to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus, guides a passenger at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.

An employee, center right, wearing a face mask and face shield to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus, guides a passenger at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.

Ahn Young-joon, Associated Press

The United States is experience an “unrelenting” spread of the novel coronavirus across the Midwest and Western areas of the country, officials said this week.

What’s going on?

The White House coronavirus task force said persistent spread of COVID-19 is happening across the western half of the U.S., according to Reuters.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a recent interview with CNBCthat coronavirus cases have risen in 47 states. And, he said, we’re going in the wrong direction.

  • “We are on a very difficult trajectory. We’re going in the wrong direction.”
  • “If things do not change, if they continue on the course we’re on, there’s gonna be a whole lot of pain in this country with regard to additional cases and hospitalizations, and deaths,” Fauci told CNBC.

The states in most danger right now:

CNN reports that the following states are seeing the highest new cases per 100,000 people this week, putting them at high risk for the coronavirus:

  • North Dakota.
  • South Dakota.
  • Montana.
  • Wisconsin.
  • Idaho.
  • Wyoming.
  • Utah.
  • Nebraska.
  • Tennessee.
  • Iowa.

One state’s report warned of “unrelenting” community spread in the Midwest and Upper Midwest, according to CNN.

  • “We continue to see unrelenting, broad community spread in the Midwest, Upper Midwest and West. This will require aggressive mitigation to control both the silent, asymptomatic spread and symptomatic spread,” the report said.