The US on Wednesday surpassed 30 million cases of COVID-19, The Hill reports.
While new cases per day have decreased significantly from their peak in January, positivity totals remain high, at around 55,000 cases per day.
As more vulnerable people get vaccinated, the number of deaths is declining, but there are still about 1,000 people dying from the virus every day.
“When I'm often asked, ‘Are we turning the corner?’ my response is really more like, ‘We are at the corner. Whether or not we're going to be turning that corner still remains to be seen,’” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said Wednesday at a White House briefing.
With around 55,000 cases every day, “I don't think you can declare victory and say you've turned the corner,” he added. “You've got to continue to do what we're doing: more vaccinations and continue to do public health measures until we actually do turn the corner.”
The country is now vaccinating people at a solid clip, around 2.5 million shots per day.
Among people age 65 and older, the most vulnerable group, 70 percent have now received at least one shot, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data.
Among all adults, about 18 percent are fully vaccinated, and 33 percent have received at least one dose, highlighting that there is still a significant way to go in vaccinating the public before a full “return to normal” can occur.