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Daily US Covid-19 cases have risen by over 50% in the last two weeks, but hospitalizations remain near pandemic lows, leading White House Covid-19 advisor Dr. Ashish Jha to encourage “care and caution, but not overreacting” in an interview Sunday.

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The US averaged over 44,000 new coronavirus infections per day in the weeklong period ending Friday, up nearly 53% from two weeks prior, though cases remain well below their January peak, when the country faced over 800,000 daily infections, according to to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jha told CNN’s State of the Union Sunday rising Covid-19 infections “means something different now than they did a year ago,” citing vaccines and new drugs to treat Covid-19.

The US saw roughly 1,600 new Covid-19 hospitalizations per day in the week ending Thursday, up nearly 11% from the week prior but also far below the omicron-fueled January peak, when over 21,000 Covid-19 patients were admitted daily.

Still, Jha said he is “concerned” about the BA.2 omicron subvariant, which makes up nearly 75% of all coronavirus cases in the US as of last week, according to to the CDC’s estimates.

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