David Leonhardt, reporting for The New York Times:
There is no country in the world where confirmed coronavirus cases
are growing as rapidly as they are in Arizona, Florida or South
Carolina. The Sun Belt has become the global virus capital.
This chart ranks the countries with the most confirmed new cases
over the past week, adjusted for population size, and treats each
U.S. state as if it were a country. (Many states are larger in
both landmass and population than some countries.)
The only countries with outbreaks as severe as those across the
Sunbelt are Bahrain, Oman and Qatar — three Middle Eastern
countries with large numbers of low-wage migrant workers who are
not citizens. These workers often live in cramped quarters, with
subpar social services, and many have contracted the virus.
Don’t tell me the problem here in the U.S. is not the south.
And it keeps getting worse:
As President Trump continued pressing for a broader reopening of
the United States, the country set another record for new
coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with more than 59,000 infections
announced and some states’ final numbers still unreported,
according to a New York Times database. It was the fifth national
record set in nine days.
The previous record, 56,567, was reported on Friday.
The country reached a total of three million cases on Tuesday as
the virus continued it a resurgence in the West and the South. At
least five states — Missouri, Texas, Tennessee, Utah and West
Virginia — set single-day records for new infections on
As of Tuesday, there had been a 72 percent increase in the daily
number of new cases over the past two weeks.
All in the last two weeks. Almost entirely in the south. And all of these states had months of warning from the northeast, west coast, and, you know, the rest of the entire world. Months of warning, and all we had to do was listen to the experts. Stay at home. Close all non-essential businesses. Forbid large gatherings. Wear masks. It fucking sucks but it’s not complicated. You just have to follow the advice of experts who know what the fuck they’re talking about.
★ Wednesday, 8 July 2020