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Washington Post (November 23)

2021/ 11/ 24 by jd in Global News

Fed Chair Jerome Powell has been nominated for another four-year term. If again confirmed, he will face “a daunting challenge: At a time when employment remains several million jobs below pre-pandemic levels, inflation is taking off at a rate not seen for 30 years.” And the blame from all “across the political spectrum” will be pinned on him. “Not since Paul Volcker accepted President Jimmy Carter’s nomination to the position amid double-digit inflation in mid-1979 has any central banker confronted a more difficult situation.”

 

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (November 5)

2021/ 11/ 06 by jd in Global News

“On Thursday, Georgia topped 25,000 confirmed deaths in the 20-month-long coronavirus pandemic… the same week that the U.S. toll reached 750,000 and the global toll 5 million.” The reality is likely grimmer. “The number is likely a significant undercount…. In addition to undiagnosed cases, the state listed and additional 5,351 deaths as ‘probable’ pandemic deaths—ones attributed by health authorities to COVID-19 but not yet confirmed with the proper test.”

 

Denver Post (June 10)

2021/ 06/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Fewer than 2% of the COVID-19 cases confirmed in Colorado since mid-January have involved people fully vaccinated against the virus,” demonstrating “just how rare it is to get the disease once protected.” Though breakthrough cases are expected to rise, currently “only 0.1% of all fully vaccinated Colordans have developed a confirmed infection.”

 

Chicago Tribune (January 20)

2021/ 01/ 22 by jd in Global News

In January 2020, “the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19.” President Trump “insisted, his administration had the virus ‘totally under control.’” Instead, “after a year of presidential denials of reality and responsibility, the pandemic’s U.S. death toll has eclipsed 400,000. And the loss of lives is accelerating.”

 

Washington Post (October 26)

2020/ 10/ 27 by jd in Global News

“The coronavirus pandemic numbers have been going the wrong direction for more than a month, topping 80,000 newly confirmed infections daily across the country, with hospitalizations rising in more than three dozen states and deaths creeping upward. Now, the United States is barreling toward another inflection point: a holiday season dictated by the calendar and demanded by tradition.”

 

Miami Herald (July 5)

2020/ 07/ 07 by jd in Global News

“It took three months, from early March to June 22, for Florida to cross 100,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases. It took less than two weeks for the state to go from 100,000 to 200,000 cases — and the positive test rate keeps rising.” On Sunday, Florida’s pandemic cases rose to 200,111 and 3,832 deaths. Florida has become the daily new case leader, but lags New York in overall cases.

 

Time (April 22)

2020/ 04/ 24 by jd in Global News

“Greece has an elderly population and a fragile economy,” but despite being a tourist mecca has somehow “escaped the worst of the coronavirus so far….with only 2,245 confirmed cases and 116 deaths as of April 21, one of the lowest counts in the European Union.” Some of this may be luck, but experts are attributing the early imposition of stringent “measures, and the way Greeks have largely abided by them.”

 

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