Trump Pandemic shatters records for new cases, daily death rate

It was another devastating day for the coronavirus pandemic in the US yesterday, with the total number of coronavirus cases passing 17m, the highest in the world by far. The US recorded almost a quarter of a million new coronavirus infections and more than 3,600 deaths yesterday alone. Thursday’s unemployment report also found that new jobless claims reached 885,000 last week, the highest weekly figure since September. In Los Angeles, two people are dying of Covid-19 every hour, as the hospitals system creaks under the weight of the pandemic.

However, there is some respite on the horizon. An advisory committee for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that the agency authorise a second coronavirus vaccine, developed by Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The Moderna vaccine was found to be more than 94% effective at preventing Covid-19 in a trial of more than 30,000 participants…

[Disclaimer: My retirement investment account holds shares in Moderna.]

Twitter will remove tweets spreading harmful misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine, the company has announced, and will begin to label tweets that push conspiracy theories from next year.

Don’t delude yourself. Trump and his acolytes will declare a victory for their ignorant and racist policies. This confrontation with fascist politics ain’t going away. And the next rightwing candidate that will lead the American public down the road to obedience and death may be smarter than Trump. It ain’t that difficult a requirement.

2 thoughts on “Trump Pandemic shatters records for new cases, daily death rate

  1. Cassandra says:

    New COVID strain in the UK: What we know in 500 words : European countries ban UK passengers in bid to contain new mutation, which is 70 percent more infectious and ripping through London. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/20/new-covid-strain-in-the-uk-what-we-know-in-500-words
    British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday (Dec 20) that the government has imposed a strict Christmas lockdown in London and southeast England because a new strain of the coronavirus was “out of control”.
    Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, said Saturday that the new strain “contains 23 different changes,” including to the way the virus binds to human cells and enters cells.
    It also appears that cases have also grown rapidly among those aged 10 to 19.
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/britain-says-new-covid-19-strain-out-of-control-13811628
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 12:19 PM · Dec 19, 2020: “The entire WORLD is being badly hurt by the China Virus, but if you listen to the Fake News Lamestream Media, and Big Tech, you would think that we are the only one. No, but we are the Country that developed vaccines, and years ahead of schedule!”
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 12:23 PM · Dec 19, 2020: “We don’t want to have lockdowns. The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself!” [link to UK PM Boris Johnson announcing tier 4 response to new COVID strain “will be broadly equivalent” to November’s lockdown]

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