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Dozens of US states are running out of beds for COVID-19 patients




The authorities of three US states have announced a critical situation due to a record increase in the incidence of COVID-19.

The Oregon Health Authority said on Saturday that only 50 of the 638 beds in the state's intensive care units remain unoccupied. An even more bleak picture has developed in Idaho, where only four out of almost 400 beds were left vacant. Intensive care units are packed with patients with COVID-19.

"We are on the verge of what we can handle right now. It could get a lot worse, " says Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority.

On Sunday, his colleagues were joined by the governor of Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear, who called the outbreak of the disease "terrible", shifting responsibility for the plight to the state legislators from the Republican Party, who, according to him, "limited his ability to control the record wave of the disease."

"If I had the opportunity to do this right now, we would have an order to wear masks in public places and indoors," Beshir said.

It should be noted that despite vaccination and the restrictive measures introduced, there is a serious increase in the incidence in most US states. In many states, the number of patients detected daily is at the same level as at the peak of the epidemic, which the United States passed in the winter. Users of social networks report that many states are faced with a shortage of places in intensive care units.

Most observers associate the new peak of the incidence with the spread of the "delta" variant in the United States, as well as with the refusal of the authorities of many republican states from the mandatory use of masks.

Most observers associate the new peak of the incidence with the spread of the "delta" variant in the United States, as well as with the refusal of the authorities of many republican states from the mandatory use of masks.



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