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Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk past diners eating outdoors in Brooklyn. Photo: Amir Hamja/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Even as vaccination rates have accelerated, rising coronavirus infection rates in New Jersey and New York have made them the top two states for new infections per capita, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: New York was an epicenter of the coronavirus early on in the pandemic. Potent variants are now circulating and the recent rise in cases is likely the result of new reopening measures coupled with the public's decreasing caution, per AP.

Details: In New Jersey, the number of new infections over the past month has risen by 37%, according to AP.

  • In the past 2 weeks New Jersey reported 647 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.
  • New York has done only slightly better, averaging 548 new cases per 100,000 residents.

The big picture: The situation in New York and New Jersey is reflective of the national one, as case numbers have begun to rise.

  • Earlier this month NIAID Director Anthony Fauci warned that the situation in the U.S. was plateauing, as states reversed some of their safety measures.
  • Two weeks ago the U.S. was averaging 54,000 new cases a day—now that number is 62,000, according to AP.
  • At the White House Covid-19 briefing last week, CDC director Rochelle Walensky warned that although deaths continue to decline, "they remain at elevated levels and in the past week the rate of decline of death has slowed."

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Mar 27, 2021 - World

Germany warns next coronavirus wave could be country's worst yet

The city centre in Offenbach, Germany. Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance via Getty Images

German officials warned Friday the third wave of the coronavirus in the country is going to be "harder to curb" and could be far worse than the previous two.

Why it matters: The number of new confirmed cases has jumped in recent weeks largely due to the more transmissible B.1.1.7 variant and the relaxation of some lockdown measures, according to Reuters.

Florida's DeSantis threatens lawsuit if CDC doesn't let cruises resume soon

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at February's Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is threatening to sue the federal government if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn't allow cruises to restart by the summer.

Why it matters: Florida is at the heart of the U.S. cruise industry, with Miami, Port Everglades and Port Canaveral among the busiest ports in the world. Millions of passengers pass through in a typical year. It's worth billions of dollars for the state's economy, per AP.