COVID-19 in the USA, update

This 2 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump actively ignores record-breaking COVID-US cases across the US. John Iadarola and Jason Carter break it down on The Damage Report.

50,000: THE BIGGEST ONE-DAY SPIKE YET New U.S. COVID-19 cases rose by nearly 50,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, marking the biggest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic. The record follows a warning by the government’s top infectious diseases expert that the number could soon double to 100,000 cases a day if Americans do not take steps such as wearing masks. In the first week of June, the United States added about 22,000 new cases each day. Brazil is the only other country to report more than 50,000 new cases in one day. The United States reported at least 49,286 cases on Tuesday. [Reuters]

President Donald Trump did not appear overly concerned Wednesday about the resurging coronavirus pandemic. “I think we’re going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that’s going to sort of just disappear, I hope,” he told Fox Business. The White House claims the president is the “most informed person on the planet,” but Trump’s comments conflict with increasingly urgent warnings from health experts — including those in Trump’s administration — that the virus is spreading at alarming rates and that, without immediate intervention, Americans will continue to get sick and die. [HuffPost]

SAN QUENTIN INMATES ON HUNGER STRIKE Several men incarcerated in California’s San Quentin State Prison who have tested positive for COVID-19 have gone on a hunger strike to protest what they call “dismal” living conditions, according to KNTV in San Jose. More than 1,100 active coronavirus cases have been reported at San Quentin, California’s oldest prison and home to the state’s only death row. At least one person, a 71-year-old death row inmate, has died of complications from the coronavirus. The hunger strike at San Quentin, north of San Francisco, began Monday. [HuffPost]

HOUSTON ICUS PASS 100% CAPACITY Intensive care units in one of the world’s largest medical centers are operating at 102% capacity as coronavirus cases surge in Texas, according to a report from Texas Medical Center in Houston. An estimated 36% of the center’s 1,330 ICU beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients. The sprawling medical campus reported that there were 480 current patients with the virus in total. The medical center has enacted Phase 2 of a plan to address the surge by making 373 more beds available by reallocating hospital staff and equipment to ICUs. [HuffPost]

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