Dr. Fauci does not foresee lockdowns happening again but says ‘things are going to get worse’
Gov. Phil Murphy has remained adamant that he doesn't want things to return to how they were before, and that his administration is carefully watching as the delta variant spreads.
Last week, the governor followed the lead of the CDC and strongly recommended masks be worn inside again, but he has not made it mandatory. Instead, his focus has been on urging more people to get vaccinated.
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The same is being done on a national scale by Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying he does not foresee lockdowns happening again, thanks in part to the amount of people who have gotten vaccinated. But he did issue a grim warning.
"I don't think we're going to see lockdowns,” says Dr. Fauci. “I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country, not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter, but things are going to get worse."
The news comes as nearly all of New Jersey’s 21 counties have a substantial, or high, transmission risk. Only Warren County is considered moderate. Two counties, Cape May and Monmouth, are both considered high.