The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has threatened that another U.S. lockdown will be on the cards if coronavirus cases spike. “If cases begin to go up again, particularly if they go up dramatically, it’s important to recognize that more mitigation efforts such as what were implemented back in March may be needed again,” the CDC’s deputy director for infectious diseases, Jay Butler, warned in a press briefing Friday. Fears are mounting that several states embarked on reopening their economies too early, with a renewed spike in cases recorded in Texas, Florida and Arizona. Experts are warning that the surge in such states is still the first – and not a second – wave of the virus that never truly went away. CDC officials issued the grave warning Friday that the U.S. could be headed for a second lockdown, after the first plunged the economy into a recession and sparked historic levels of unemployment across the nation. “Right now, communities are experiencing different levels of transmission occurring, as they gradually ease up onto the community mitigation efforts and gradually reopen,” said Butler. The “pandemic is not over,” he added, and so states may need to may need to reimplement the strict measures that were put in place back in March if cases rise dramatically.
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