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COVID Experts: Vaccine Hesitancy Fueling New Cases Which May Lead To More Mutations

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SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — On Monday, California reported more than 14,097 new cases from over the weekend, which is triple the number of cases reported in early June.

The test positivity rate also spiked to 4.1%, which is the highest it’s been since February. Last month, the state’s positivity rate was below 1%.

As cases climb, however, vaccination has stalled and experts worry about what that means for the future of the pandemic.

“The more that transmission of virus occurs, the more likely there is going to be another mutation,” said University of California San Francisco Prof. of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong. “In fact, we know from science every two weeks there is a new mutation.”

In California, nearly 52% of the population is fully vaccinated, which means millions remain unvaccinated.

Experts have said the unvaccinated as well as the highly-transmissible Delta variant are currently driving the pandemic.

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