The coronavirus strikes again. In 13 states – some of them with the highest vaccination rate – there has been an unprecedented surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. This is an alarming situation.

As new, more contagious strains of the COVID-19 emerge, health experts have warned against the consequences. Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky have already warned that the U.K. coronavirus variant is more deadly, and can affect more people. The strain is said to be 56% more contagious as compared to the parent virus and is considered twice as deadly as the already existing dominant strains in the country.

Michigan, one of the states with the highest vaccination rate, now leads with the highest average (more than 53%) of new coronavirus cases reported in the last seven days. This has led to an unprecedented surge in the number of hospitalizations.

According to the state officials, the new highly contagious COVID-19 strains are to be blamed for the increase in the number of positive cases.

A similar trend has been observed in West Virginia, Montana and Maine. All these states have reported a high vaccination rate. Moreover, Mississippi and New Hampshire have observed an alarming spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases, but the vaccination rate is not that high compared to Michigan or West Virginia.

Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health claimed that although the vaccination process is accelerating, the bad news is that the new deadly COVID-19 variants are also spreading across the country pretty quickly. He has urged the public to follow the SOPs and practice social distancing to curtail the coronavirus.