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    Dear Reader:

    This is the record of new deaths reported for yesterday, Sept 9, 2020 in the 14  countries with the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world (from over 6.5 millions in the U.S. -> to over 344 thousand cases in France): 1,209 in the USA, 1,168 in India, 1,136 in Brazil, 703 in Mexico, 253 in Argentina, 236 in Columbia, 142 in Russia, 127 in Iran, 113 in Peru, 82 in South Africa, 30 in France, 34 in Spain, 20 in Chile, 8 in the U.K..

    Here is a record of new deaths yesterday in some of the countries considered to be “first world countries” (Wikipedia’s definition: “any country with little political risk and a well functioning democracy, rule of  law, capitalistic economy, economic stability, and high standard of living”): 34 in Spain, 30 in France, 16 in Japan, 14 in Italy, 11 in Australia,  3 in Belgium, 3 in Ireland, 3 in Greece, 3 in Portugal, 3 in South Korea, 2 in Canada 1 in Germany, 1 in Switzerland, 1 in Finland, zero in Sweden, zero in Denmark.

    The U.S.A has long been considered a first world/ developed country, yet the number of Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. is the highest in the world, and the three countries closest to its number of deaths are Brazil, India and Mexico, all developing countries.

    Why is a first world/ developed country, first in number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the world?

    My answer: because it is fitting less and less the definition of a first world country. Let’s look again at the definition:

    any country with little political risk“- the president of the United States of America said publicly, and it is recorded, that the only way he will lose the elections this coming November, is if the elections are rigged (corrupted), meaning, if he loses the election.. he doesn’t really lose, in his mind and in his supporters’ minds.

    He was asked if he will vacate the White House if he loses, and he suggested that he might not leave. There is a widespread concern that he will not leave the White House willingly, if he loses. All this and more creates a significant political risk.

    More of the definition: “a well functioning democracy“- the president of the USA hired his friend, one of his most generous campaign donors, to be in charge of the U.S. Postal Service, a man with no experience with the post office, hired for the purpose of interfering with the November elections, that is, to rig, or corrupt the elections.

    More of the definition: “rule by law“- the president of the U.S. broke too many rules and laws to list,  from using the White House property for his reelection campaign, to interfering with criminal investigations, to repeatedly telling the American people most recently to commit the felony of voting twice (one by mail, second in-person).. to encouraging vigilante justice (“If you don’t allow police to do their job, then the American people have to defend themselves some way”), and on and on and on .. so much more.

    More of the definition: “economic stability, and high standard of living“- the president has been terribly hurting the economy by his negligent and corrupt handling of the pandemic in the U.S. The gap between the rich and the poor is growing and growing, which is a characteristic of developing countries.

    Overall: we have a criminal president, one who lies every day, again and again, one who breaks countless rules and laws, and no one stops him.. what do you call a leader who breaks the law repeatedly, in all kinds of ways, one who is chipping into democracy every day?

    If Trump is reelected in November, it is a game changer of humongous proportions for the U.S.: the U.S. will bid its farewell to democracy, and hello to dictatorship.

    If Trump is not reelected, and if he leaves or is removed from the White House, and if he and his supporters/ fans do not interfere with the change of power to a Biden presidency, then the United States of America has a chance to recover from what I hope to become one day, a distant (but not forgotten and not repeated) Trump Nightmare.


    • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 2 days ago by anita.

    * Correction: chipping away at democracy, not “chipping into democracy”.



    Dear Reader:

    Worldometer, Sept 14: Getting close to reported 30 million cases and 1 million deaths worldwide.

    There are close to 7 million cases and 200,000 deaths in the US, with almost 33 thousand new cases and 392 new deaths yesterday.

    There are close to 5 million cases and over 80,000 deaths in India, with over 93 thousand new cases and 1,140 new deaths yesterday.

    There are over 4 million cases and over 132 thousand deaths in Brazil, with over 14 thousand new cases and 389 new deaths yesterday.

    France is experiencing a second wave of infections, starting in early August, having reached its peak Sept 12 with an all time record high of 10,561 new cases. The first wave record high was March 31 with 7,578 new cases. Second wave deaths haven’t caught up yet to the second wave increase in cases.

    A second wave of infections in the U.K. is beginning has begun to form, beginning at the end of August, 3,330 new cases yesterday.

    There are increases in cases in Italy and less so, in Germany. Japan’s second wave has reached its peak on Aug 3 with almost 2 thousand new cases; first wave peak was in April 11 with 743 new cases.



    Dear Reader:

    Worldometer, Sept 16: getting very close to reported 30 million cases, and closer to 1 million deaths worldwide (30; 1). There are closer to 7 million cases and over 200 thousand deaths in the U.S, 1197 new deaths yesterday. Greatest increases in new cases is in India, next- in the US, next in Spain, next in Brazil.

    ABC News, Next Twin disasters: How the West Coast fires might impact the Covid-19 pandemic (Sept 15): “Now we’re battling two public health crises,”… a pulmonologist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and volunteer medical spokesperson for the American Lung Association, told ABC News. And it gets worse: The two forces of nature may interact with each other.

    “When we have public health concerns from wildfires to hurricanes, we worry about worsening spread of the virus,”… Wildfire smoke causes air pollution by creating..microscopically small particles that may bypass filters in the nose and throat and penetrate deep into the lungs. These particles can cause airway inflammation, leading to increased susceptibility to respiratory infections, aggravation of underlying respiratory conditions and increased risks for hospitalization and death from pneumonia.

    “Ongoing studies will give us more information on wildfire smoke and COVID-19, but we do know that air pollution makes COVID-19 worse, especially if you have underlying conditions,” said Simone Wildes, M.D., an infectious disease specialist.. The combination of airway inflammation caused by irritants in smoke plus underlying conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease create a ‘perfect storm” for poor COVID-19 outcomes, she added.

    “Even if you have great working lungs, if you breathe in remnants from fires, your lungs may be impaired and ill-prepared to fight off the virus,” said Galiatsatos… Now, experts are concerned that the wildfires may add to the pandemic’s strain on California’s hospitals. “Hospitals are going to have to treat a lot of breathing problems as a result of damage from fire exposure. Capacity will be stretched,” said Wildes. As people are forced to flee from the fires and take refuge together, social distancing efforts may be compromised. Shelter crowding is a major concern, she said, but so are the effects of inhaling toxins from wildfire smoke…COVID-19 and smoke inhalation can result in similar symptoms — shortness of breath, sore throat, cough..”

    CBS News, Trump says “I don’t think science knows” about climate (Sept 15): “President Trump landed in California Monday framed by a smoky sky. He made a rare West Coast swing as wildfires ravage California, Oregon and Washington, and has already approved emergency declarations for the states.

    “In California, the president questioned climate change, and blamed the fires on poor forest management even though many forests in California are federally managed. California National Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot disagreed that the rapidly spreading wildfires could entirely be blamed on forest management. He told Mr. Trump, ‘We want to work with you to really recognize the changing climate, and what it means to our forests.’ Crowfoot warned, ‘If we ignore that science, and sort of put our head in the sand, and think it’s all about vegetation management, we’re not going to succeed together protecting Californians.’ The president claimed the climate would “start getting cooler. ‘I wish science agreed with you,” Crowfoot replied. ‘I don’t think science knows,” the president responded.

    “The smoke has  destroyed air quality up and down the West Coast, yielding the eerie orange images of San Francisco last week. Together, the dozens of fires have burned more than 3 million acres.  The president has long denied the impact of man-made influence on climate change”.

    USA Today, Western Wildfires, Joe Biden cites climate change (Sept 15): “Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday cited climate change as a key factor in the fires blazing through much of the West, but Donald Trump on a visit to a California wildfire command center blamed ‘forest management’ for not controlling the situation…

    “If you give a climate denier four more years in the White House, why would we be surprised that we have more America ablaze?.. Wally Covington, professor of forestry at Northern Arizona University, attributed the fires to the decades-old failure of policymakers in addressing climate change and the effects of aggressive fire suppression on forests.’I was hopeful back in the ’90s and ’80s that maybe we would reverse climate change effects. Now I’m kind of pessimistic,” Covington said…

    “The wildfires and recent extreme weather underscore an urgent need to address climate change, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Monday. Biden was speaking shortly before President Donald Trump was to meet in California with Gov. Gavin Newsom and others to discuss the fires.Biden said the tragedy requires “leadership, not scapegoating” and that “it’s clear we are not safe in Donald Trump’s America.’… California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted: ‘The hots are getting hotter. The wets are getting wetter. Climate change isn’t something that is going to happen in the future. It’s happening right NOW.”

    NBC News, Majority of adults don’t trust Trump’s comments on Covid-19 vaccine (Sept 15): “A majority of American adults don’t trust what President Donald Trump has said about a coronavirus vaccine… 58 percent of adults who identify as Republicans or lean Republican say they trust what Trump has said about a vaccine… Just 3 percent of Democrats and those who lean Democratic say they trust the president’s vaccine rhetoric, while 88 percent say they don’t… There have also been reports that political appointees have tried to control messaging from the scientific experts, and experts raised concerns that the Trump administration was eroding faith in public health”.




    Dear Reader:

    Worldometer, Sept 17: over 30 million cases and getting closer to a million deaths worldwide. Getting closer to 7 million cases and over 201 thousand deaths in the U.S, over 40 thousand new cases and 1,151 new deaths in the U.S. yesterday.

    Over 5 million cases and over 84 thousand deaths in India, a record high of almost 98 thousand new cases and 1,139 new deaths yesterday.

    Yesterday, a record high of almost 12 thousand new cases were reported in Spain, 239 new deaths; close to 10 thousand new cases in France; a record high of more than 6 thousand new cases in Israel, almost 4 thousand new cases in the U.K., over 2 thousand new cases in Germany, over 1,500 new cases in the Netherlands, 1,450 new cases in Italy, 944 new cases in Canada,  40 new cases in Australia, zero new cases in China.

    AP Associated Press, Sept 16: “BERLIN (AP) — Satellite images show that smoke from wildfires in the western United States has reached as far as Europe, scientists said Wednesday…smoke from the fires had traveled 8,000 kilometers (almost 5,000 miles) through the atmosphere to Britain and other parts of northern Europe…’The scale and magnitude of these fires are at a level much higher than in any of the 18 years that our monitoring data covers, since 2003,’ Mark Parrington, a senior scientist and wildfire expert at Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, said.”



    Dear Reader:

    Worldometer (Sept 18): Over 30 million cases and over 950 thousand deaths worldwide. Yesterday, there were over 96 thousand new cases and 1,174 new deaths in India/ over 46 thousand new cases and 879 new deaths in the U.S./ over 35 thousand new cases and 857 new deaths in Brazil/ over 10 thousand new cases and and 50 new deaths in France/ over 4 thousands new cases (over 6 thousand new cases the day before yesterday) and 8 new deaths in Israel/ over 4 thousand new cases and 162 new deaths in Spain/ over 3 thousand new cases and 21 new deaths in the U.K.

    AFP: Europe imposes fresh curbs as global cases top 30 million (Sept 18): “Large parts of Europe on Friday geared up for broad new restrictions to stop the coronavirus and Israel became the first developed country to enforce a second nationwide shutdown, as infections worldwide topped the 30-million mark.

    Spain was set to unveil a raft of restrictions as officials in Madrid warned the capital had been overwhelmed by the virus and called for “decisive” action from central government… Britain’s government meanwhile warned on Friday that it could reimpose a national lockdown, noting rates of hospitalisation are doubling every eight days, and France prepared to roll out new curbs for major cities.



    Dear Reader:

    Worldometer, Sept 21: Over 31.4 million cases and over 967.5 thousand deaths worldwide. Over 7.4 million cases and over 204 thousand deaths in the U.S. Over 33 thousand new cases and 294 new deaths in the U.S. yesterday.

    Health, Dr. Fauci warns, don’t go there, Sept 20: “There’s a lot of advice about how to stay safe from the coronavirus this fall, but the nation’s top infectious-disease expert wants you to keep one tip at top of mind: stay out of restaurants and bars—basically, away from any indoor spaces with crowds.

    “In many states, restaurants and bars were closed early in the pandemic. Some states reopened bars, only to close them again when several outbreaks were linked to bars. Eight months into the COVID-19 era, New York is only just now allowing indoor restaurant service (at 25% capacity) as of Sept. 30; there, bars are still outdoor-only… Why? Fauci said that if you look at the figures on the CDC website, ‘that’s really telling.,, It shows the … risk of different types of situations that give you a higher risk of transmissibility, and coming right out at you from the figure is restaurants, bars, and gyms,’ said Fauci. ‘When you have restaurants indoors in a situation where you have a high degree of infection in the community [and] you’re not wearing a mask, that’s a problem… There’s no doubt about that.. those are things that are crystal clear’. In June, Fauci told a Congressional hearing, “Congregation at a bar inside is bad news. We’ve really got to stop that. Right now.” That month, 107 coronavirus cases were linked to a single bar in East Lansing, Michigan. In recent weeks, many colleges have welcomed students back to campus, only to cancel in-person classes because of COVID-19 outbreaks linked to indoor parties and gatherings.

    “Fauci has repeatedly advised that “outdoors is better than indoors.” Several studies have shown that the coronavirus can spread readily indoors via recirculated air in ventilation systems, while transmission outdoors is much less likely. Fresh air causes coronavirus particles to disperse before they can be inhaled or otherwise invade the mucous membranes, which experts believe are the primary means of COVID-19 transmission.

    “As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest”.

    The Washington Post, the CDC says Covid-19 is airborne and spread by aerosols, warns of badly ventilated spaces, Sept 20: “For months, scientists and public health experts have warned of mounting evidence that the novel coronavirus is airborne, transmitted through tiny droplets called aerosols that linger in the air much longer than the larger globs that come from coughing or sneezing. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agrees. The CDC recently changed its official guidance to note that aerosols are ‘thought to be the main way the virus spreads’ and to warn that badly ventilated indoor spaces are particularly dangerous.

    “’There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes),” the agency stated. “In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk. ‘While the CDC has not called for any new action to address the airborne threat of a virus that has now killed nearly 200,000 Americans, experts said the change should help to shift policy and public behavior…

    “‘Researchers long suspected that the virus could travel much farther, especially indoors and in places where people talk loudly or sing. Infamously, one infected person in March unknowingly passed covid-19 to 52 others at a choir practice in Washington state. Similar indoor ‘superspreader’ events added weight to the idea of an airborne threat… ‘Cloth masks are not designed to block aerosols. And 6 feet apart may be insufficient, [especially] indoors [with] poor ventilation.’ The change should drive people to adopt concrete solutions to slowing airborne transmission, Jimenez said, such as wearing more tightly fitting masks, improving ventilation and keeping as much distance as possible from others when indoors.”

    Reuters, U.S., to  surpass grim milestone of 200,000 Covid-19 deaths (Sept 21): “Trump has frequently questioned the advice of scientific experts on everything from the timing of a vaccine to reopening schools and businesses to wearing a mask. He has refused to support a national mask mandate and held large political rallies where few wore masks. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield recently told Congress that a face mask would provide more guaranteed protection than a vaccine, which would only be broadly available by ‘late second quarter, third quarter 2021.’

    “Trump refuted the timeline for the vaccine and said that it may be available in a matter of weeks and ahead of the Nov. 3 election. On Friday he said he expects all Americans to have a vaccine by April. Biden, who often wears a mask and has said he would require masks nationwide, has warned against a rushed release of a vaccine, saying, ‘Let me be clear: I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump.’…

    “The University of Washington’s health institute is forecasting coronavirus fatalities reaching 378,000 by the end of 2020, with the daily death toll skyrocketing to 3,000 per day in December. Over 70% of those in the United States who have lost their lives to the virus were over the age of 65, according to CDC data. The southern states of Texas and Florida contributed the most deaths in the United States in the past two weeks and was closely followed by California. California, Texas and Florida – the three most populous U.S. states – have recorded the most coronavirus infections and have long surpassed the state of New York, which was the epicenter of the outbreak in early 2020. The country as a whole is reporting over 40,000 new infections on average each day. Six out of every 10,000 residents in the United States has died of the virus, according to Reuters data, one of the highest rates among developed nations. Brazil follows the United States in the number of overall deaths due to the virus, with over 136,000 fatalities.”


    • This reply was modified 5 days, 14 hours ago by anita.

    Dear Reader:

    Worldometer (Sept 22): Almost 32 million cases and over 972 thousand deaths worldwide. Over 7 million cases and over 205 thousand deaths in the U.S. Over 30 thousands new cases and 384 new deaths yesterday, in the U.S.

    CNN, Anthony Fauci U.S. 200,000 Coronavirus deaths (Sept 22): “Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday said the US reaching 200,000 coronavirus deaths is ‘very sobering, and in some respects, stunning,’ while adding that Americans should trust medical experts despite at times conflicting signals from the highest levels of government.

    “‘The idea of 200,000 deaths is really very sobering, and in some respects, stunning,’ the nation’s top infectious doctor told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta during the Citizen by CNN conference shortly before the US reached the grim milestone late Tuesday morning. ‘We do have within our capability — even before we get a vaccine, which we will get reasonably soon — we have the capability by doing things that we have been speaking about for so long, Sanjay, that could prevent the transmission, and by preventing transmission, ultimately preventing the morbidity and mortality that we see.’ He mentioned measures such as frequent hand washing and mask wearing.

    “Fauci said he is concerned about the country not having control of the virus’ spread ahead of the winter season that could exacerbate it. And depending upon your own social situation, indoors for you or another person may mean poor ventilation, poor air flow. And difficulty getting the kind of removal of anything that would lead to spread,’ adding that he’d like to see the US go into the fall and winter months ‘at such a low level that when you have the inevitable cases, you can handle them.’

    “‘I don’t want to really make this kind of a dark thing that ‘oh, my goodness, it’s inevitable that we are going to get into serious trouble,’ he continued. ‘We can’t throw our hands up and say, ‘It’s hopeless, it’s going to happen anyway.’ That is unacceptable to take that approach. On the other hand, it’s not acceptable to not realize that we are entering into a risk period and we’ve got to act accordingly as we enter into that risk period.’

    “President Donald Trump had praised his administration’s response to the pandemic on Monday, telling “Fox & Friends” that “we’ve done a phenomenal job’ and giving himself an “A+” on how he has handled the virus.

    “Fauci, answering a question Tuesday from a viewer on what grade he would give Trump’s pandemic response, said, ‘Take a look at the numbers and make up your own mind.. I mean, you know, we don’t need a sound bite from me. Take a look at the numbers,’ he said.

    “On Monday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly reverted to its previous guidance about how coronavirus is transmitted, removing language about airborne transmission it had posted days earlier. The move added to confusion about the virus spurred by mixed messaging from the White House on preventative measures and mask wearing.

    “Many doctors and researchers have also cautioned for months that the virus can be transmitted through small airborne viral particles. Asked where people should get trusted information about the virus, Fauci said Tuesday, ‘they need to get it by following the scientific data and the scientific evidence… The fact is you’ve got to go with the scientific data,’ he said.

    “‘One of the things that the public needs to understand is that this is an evolving situation and the people who say, ‘Well, how can I trust anybody because things change,’ what changes is the fact that we are in an evolving outbreak. And the things that we did not know a few months ago allowed us to at the time use the scientific information to make recommendations that were appropriate at the time and because the data were telling us at the same time. As we learned more, things changed. It’s appropriate to make changes in recommendations based on the additional knowledge that you know.’

    “He also said one can assume ‘that some aspect of transmission can be and is by aerosol’ and said ‘it doesn’t change anything that we have been saying: It means wear your mask.'”


    • This reply was modified 4 days, 12 hours ago by anita.

    Dear Reader:

    Worldometer (Sept 23): Almost 32 million cases and close to 1 million deaths worldwide.

    Over 7 million cases and over 205 thousand deaths in the US, with over 36 thousand new cases and 968 new deaths yesterday.

    India, with over 5.7 million cases and over 96 thousand deaths, reported over 80 thousand new cases and 1056 new deaths yesterday. Brazil with over 4.6 million cases and over 138 thousand deaths reported over 35 thousand new cases and 809 new deaths yesterday.

    Close to 11 thousand new cases (second record high following March 20) and 241 new deaths in Spain. Close to 5 thousand new cases (highest since May 2) and  37 new deaths yesterday.

    AP: The latest: More restrictions in store for hard-hit Madrid (Sept 23):  “MADRID — Health authorities in Madrid may extend to more communities the restrictions on movement it imposed on areas of the Spanish capital with high coronavirus infection rates. About 860,000 Madrid residents already are required to justify trips out of 37 neighborhoods, mostly working-class areas. People have complained that the restrictions stigmatize the poor. The region’s deputy health chief, Antonio Zapatero, said Wednesday that a decision on additional measures, including possible customer limits in restaurants, would be announced on Friday, Zapatero said the outbreak situation in the Madrid region, which has a population of 6.6 million, was one of “sustained increase.”

    “Madrid had a contagion rate of 772 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, nearly three times Spain’s national average of 287 cases per 100,000. Other parts of the country are also seeing increases in new confirmed cases. Spain recorded 241 more virus-related deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to 30,904.”

    CBS News: U.K. leader tightens up Covid restrictions as virus surges back (Sept 23):

    “London— British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hit U.K. residents with some sobering numbers on Tuesday evening, and then tightened up coronavirus restrictions in a bid to avert grim worst case scenarios. ‘A month ago, on average, around 1,000 people across the U.K. were testing positive for coronavirus every day,’ Johnson said. ‘The latest figure has almost quadrupled to 3,929.’  Worrying officials even more was the fact that, as France and Spain have seen with their “second wave,” the rise in new infections has now started to translate into more hospitalizations in the U.K., and even a slight upturn in the number of deaths recorded every day.

    “If nothing is done to stem the spread of the virus, Johnson warned that the current trajectory could mean hundreds of deaths per day by next month. So after encouraging people to return to their workplaces in July, on Tuesday the premier told people in England to revert to working from home if they can. In Scotland and Wales, the work-from-home advice from national leaders had never even been lifted… From this week masks will also be mandatory across England for retail staff and in taxis, with fines going up to about $250 for rule breakers. Businesses that fail to comply could be fined more than $12,000, or even shut down. Pubs and restaurants will be forced to close at 10 p.m. across the U.K., and soccer stadiums will be shut to the public. For now, schools across Britain will remain open. Johnson warned that the reinstated measures could last for six months, or at least until the rate of the disease’s spread is brought back under control.

    “The key metric used by his government is the so-called “R” number, which measures how many others a single person infected with the virus is expected to pass it on to. If the R number is over 1, then one COVID-19 carrier would be expected, statistically, to infect more than one other person, reflecting a spreading epidemic. U.K. health officials put the R number at around 1.2-1.4 as of Tuesday, and until it comes back down to 1 or lower, the measures are unlikely to be eased — and they could be increased. Johnson’s administration has not ruled out imposing a second nationwide lockdown.

    “‘Now is the time for us all to summon the discipline and resolve and spirit of togetherness that will carry us through,’ Johnson said.

    Business Insider: Trump once defined success as keeping US Covid deaths below 200,000. When he failed, he said real failure would be 2.5 million , he said real failure would be 2.5 million dead (Sept 23):

    “On Tuesday, the US’ Covid-19 death toll surpassed 200,000… In March, President Donald Trump said that if the US could keep the death toll between 100,000 and 200,000 that would be a ‘very good job.’ At the time, the figure was seen as a distant prospect, and a way to distract from the rate at which the virus was spreading.

    “Months later, when 200,000 had indeed died, Trump instead switched to a new criterion. He claimed instead that because the US made the “right” decisions, a hypothetical 2.5 million deaths had been prevented. The United States hit a grim milestone on Tuesday, recording 200,000 coronavirus deaths and 6.8 million infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The figures are the worst in the world.

    “Throughout the crisis, President Donald Trump’s criteria for what constitutes success in battling the pandemic has shifted as the number of infections and death toll has continued to mount. As the virus first began to spread through the US in February, the president said that it would just go away. And later, as the death toll reached 2,400, Trump said that he would have done a “very good job” if the US could keep its death toll between 100,000 and 200,000…

    “On Tuesday when asked about the number of deaths having tipped 200,000, Trump said “it’s a shame” and “a horrible thing.” He went on to claim that because the US had not reached the 2 million or more deaths number he cited before, that his decisions had been correct. ‘I think if we didn’t do it properly and didn’t do it right, you’d have two and a half million deaths,’ he said.

    “Under Trump’s new set of criteria, it would seem anything below 2.5 million deaths could be hailed as a success.

    “After his comments to reporters Tuesday, he set off for a rally in Pennsylvania, where few supporters wore masks or observed social distancing. At the rally, he largely avoided the topic of the coronavirus death toll. Instead, he attacked his rival for the presidency, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, claiming Biden has received plastic surgery which his mask conceals. Biden has consistently advocated wearing masks. ‘What the hell did he spend all that money on the plastic surgery if he’s going to cover it up?’ said Trump.”


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