Trump and Melania got vaccinated in January; US officials 'deeply concerned' as 29 states see virus cases rise: Latest COVID-19 updates

After new COVID-19 cases fell in recent weeks from their record-high peak in January, President Joe Biden's top public health officials warned Monday that the U.S. could "lose the hard-earned ground we have gained" if cases plateau at their current level.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said she was "deeply concerned" as new case counts stall but states continue their rollbacks of virus-related restrictions.

"We cannot be resigned to 70,000 cases per day, 2,000 daily deaths," Walensky said.

Sunday marked the first time in more than a month that most states reported rising case counts, and more cases were recorded in the latest week than a week earlier, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.

On Monday, new rollbacks also took effect in states, including Virginia removing a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew and increasing capacity for outdoor gatherings, Wyoming lifting all restrictions on personal care businesses, New Jersey opening large entertainment venues at 10% capacity indoors, and Massachusetts easing restrictions for restaurant capacity and allowing a number of indoor venues to reopen with restrictions.

Globally, infections increased last week after six consecutive weeks of declining totals, and World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said part of the reason was the “relaxing of public health measures.”

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