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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.


Washington Post (June 29)

2020/ 06/ 29 by jd in Global News

“The road to a successful reopening of the U.S. economy is strewn with hopeful intentions — and formidable obstacles. The biggest and most important obstacle is a surge in new coronavirus cases, which presumably will lead to more hospitalizations and more deaths as well as more firms shutting down.”


LA Times (June 23)

2020/ 06/ 24 by jd in Global News

“Los Angeles County health officials reported 2,571 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the third day in the last week that the county has reported more than 2,000 infections.” Authorities suspect a link to mass protests. In addition, the county’s death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 3,137. By comparison, the combined total for all 47of Japan’s prefectures is less than 1,000, and Tokyo prefecture, with a population roughly 4 million greater than LA county, has logged 321 deaths.


Washington Post (June 12)

2020/ 06/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Every three days or so, the United States suffers as many deaths from covid-19 as lives were lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The pandemic is emphatically not over: Some places are experiencing new spikes in cases, positive test results, hospitalizations and deaths…. The country is now a crazy quilt of local responses, with the virus surging in places and flattening in others, but still on the march overall.”


Market Watch (May 22)

2020/ 05/ 24 by jd in Global News

“Sweden’s policy of keeping schools, restaurants and businesses open while practising social distancing to prevent the coronavirus pandemic from spreading was seen as bold, but now it has now it has the highest deaths per capita in Europe from COVID-19.”


Bloomberg (May 7)

2020/ 05/ 09 by jd in Global News

“It’s easy to lose sight of the scariest scenario of them all: the one where there’s no magic bullet.” Without a vaccine breakthrough, “herd immunity would come, if at all, only after millions of deaths around the world.” While this scenario is unpalatable, “it isn’t defeatism to ask what the world will look like if we lose the war we’re fighting. It’s realism.”


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.”


Washington Post (April 2)

2020/ 04/ 04 by jd in Global News

For weeks President Trump “talked nonsense….. The failure to prepare and the foot-dragging that has followed will mean … more people will get sick and die. Yes, those deaths — the losses that could have been prevented by sane, sensible decisions his own advisers were urging — are on Trump’s head. No amount of spin will absolve him of that responsibility.”


The Economist (March 14)

2020/ 03/ 16 by jd in Global News

“All governments will struggle” with Covid19. “As they belatedly realise that health systems will buckle and deaths mount,” how well the governments and their leaders cope will be determined by “their attitude to uncertainty; the structure and competence of their health systems; and, above all, whether they are trusted.”


New Yorker (May 14)

2018/ 05/ 16 by jd in Global News

National Security Adviser John Bolton said moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem was “merely ‘a recognition of reality,’ but it was actually a suspension of disbelief.” Though dignitaries at the opening ceremony were exuberant, “none of this alleviated the sinking feeling that young Gazans had gained the world’s attention, and sympathy, through their deaths” as Turkey and South Africa recalled their ambassadors to Israel while other countries lodged condemnations.


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