This 30 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:
Shutdowns across the US are picking up again as coronavirus cases spike. John Iadarola and Emma Vigeland break it down on The Damage Report.
“In an about-face, Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey has ordered the state’s bars, gyms, movie theaters and water parks to shut down for at least 30 days amid thousands of new coronavirus cases in the state.
Ducey issued the order Monday to go into effect from 8 p.m. local time, citing concern over a recent spike in new cases — including a one-day record of more than 3,800 in the state on Sunday. It was the seventh time in the past 10 days that new cases in Arizona exceeded 3,000. He also ordered public schools to delay the start of classes until Aug. 17.
“Our expectation is that our numbers next week will be worse,” he said, describing the state’s coronavirus data as “brutal.”
Most of the state’s bars and nightclubs reopened after Ducey’s stay-at-home orders expired in mid-May. The original order allowed bars with food service to reopen even earlier than White House guidelines recommended.”
OVER 500,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED OF CORONAVIRUS Johns Hopkins University reported Sunday night that at least 500,000 people have now died of the coronavirus, a somber milestone as cases continue to surge throughout the United States and officials warn the pandemic is far from over. Over the weekend, worldwide coronavirus infections hit the 10 million mark. Infection rates in the U.S. remain among the most troubling in the world. Cases are surging in more than half of the states, prompting some governors to rein in reopening plans and to issue orders mandating people wear masks outside. [HuffPost]
DESANTIS DOUBLES DOWN Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (Republican) insisted Tuesday that he would not reintroduce COVID-19 restrictions despite a resurgence of coronavirus cases following a reopening of the state’s economy. “We’re not going back, closing things,” the governor told reporters, adding that he didn’t believe the state’s economic reopening was the cause of the virus spread but rather that it was social interactions among younger Floridians. “I mean, people going to business is not what’s driving it,” he said. “I think when you see the younger folks, I think a lot of it is just more social interactions, and so that’s natural.” [HuffPost]
KANSAS CITY MAYOR CALLED RACIST SLUR AFTER DECLARING FACE MASKS MANDATORY Kansas City’s mayor said Monday that he was called a racist slur and told he should “swing from a tree” after he announced mandatory face masks in the Missouri city. Mayor Quinton Lucas, who is Black, on Twitter shared a screenshot of the texts, which came after he announced Friday that masks will be required in Kansas City when 6 feet (2 meters) of separation isn’t feasible. “You walked with RIOTERS not wearing a mask idiot,” a text read, according to a screenshot Lucas shared. “You should swing from a tree, I’m not threatening it, but would love to see it.” [AP]
MOST AMERICANS FAVOR MASK REQUIREMENTS Most Americans favor requirements to wear face masks in public, a HuffPost/YouGov survey finds. By 62% to 28%, Americans say they’d favor a government rule in the area where they live requiring people to wear a face mask when they are in public and around other people. By 69% to 24%, they say they’d favor local stores instituting policies that require people to wear a face mask while shopping. Support varies along partisan and demographic lines, with Democrats in denser areas most in favor of mask requirements and Republicans in less-dense areas the most resistant. [HuffPost]
EX-BUSH AIDE: ‘THIS IS TRUMP’S PLAGUE NOW’ The blame for the second spike of the coronavirus in the United States can be squarely laid on President Donald Trump, said an ex-speechwriter for former President George W. Bush. “The first coronavirus spike, in late April, can be blamed on President Donald Trump’s negligence. The second spike, in June, is his own doing,” David Frum argued Monday in a new column for The Atlantic. “This is Trump’s plague now,” he added. Frum noted how the earlier sacrifices made by people mandated to stay at home had been thrown away with the premature reopening of the country. [HuffPost]
PENCE CANCELS CAMPAIGN EVENTS IN FLORIDA, ARIZONA Vice President Mike Pence canceled campaign events in Florida and Arizona, as the number of COVID-19 cases in both states surge. Pence backed out of the scheduled appearances on Saturday, just a day after falsely claiming that the nation is “flattening the curve.” The U.S. reached a new record number of coronavirus cases — more than 42,000 — on Saturday. Florida had nearly 9,600 new cases, and Arizona tallied an additional 3,951 cases. This comes as reports are saying the Trump campaign peeled social distancing stickers off in the arena before the president’s Tulsa rally, and a GOP senator pleads with the president to wear a mask. [HuffPost]
EX-CDC HEAD: CASE SURGE DUE TO NEW SPREAD, NOT MORE TESTING Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the recent surge in coronavirus cases across parts of the country is the result of the virus’s spreading, not increased testing, as President Donald Trump has argued. “As a doctor, a scientist, an epidemiologist, I can tell you with 100% certainty that in most states where you’re seeing an increase, it is a real increase,” Frieden told Fox News Sunday. He added: “It is not more tests. It is more spread of the virus. … The numbers you’re seeing are just a tip of the iceberg of even more spread.” [HuffPost]
Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:
United States tourists are not welcome on Sint Maarten after all. The island would open again today for vacationers from the US, but that has now been postponed by two weeks because of the sharp increase in the number of coronavirus infections in the United States.
Earlier, the government of the French part of the island, Saint Martin, had already said that the border with the Dutch part would be closed if Americans would come again. As of today, tourists from Europe and Canada are welcome on the island again.
Citing COVID-19 spread, European Union denies US citizens entry to Europe. By Alex Lantier, 29 June 2020. The American ruling elite’s catastrophic handling of the COVID-19 pandemic is undermining Washington’s position overseas, with far-reaching implications.
OFFICIALS TRACE OVER 100 COVID-19 CASES TO MICHIGAN BAR At least 107 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been linked to a bar in Michigan. Some 95 people who visited Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub in East Lansing June 12-20 have now tested positive for COVID-19, Ingham County Health Department announced Monday. A further 12 people “who were in contact with a primary case but did not go to Harper’s themselves” have also been infected with the virus, per a statement released by the department. This comes as cases spike all over the country, following Republicans’ push to reopen the economy. [HuffPost]
New York is ending its lockdown. I’m not sure I’m ready to end mine.
John Oliver breaks down COVID-tied eviction catastrophe “just around the corner.”