COVID-19 in Donald Trump’s USA

This 25 July 2020 video says about itself:

The United States Has It Wrong When It Comes To Virus Testing

Countries across the world are having some success at controlling the spread of COVID-19, but not here in the Unites States. States like Arizona, Florida and Texas are seeing record-breaking numbers at almost a daily rate. David Wallace-Wells from New York Magazine joins Sam Seder to explain why we failed to keep up with the rest of the world.

TRUMP ADMIN. OFFICIAL DEFENDS TESTING DESPITE WIDESPREAD DELAYS Adm. Brett Giroir, a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, refused to admit that the administration is not doing enough to boost testing capacity. During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, he attributed widespread frustration over delayed tests to would-be travelers. “‘I feel like going somewhere, so I need a test.’ That is not where we are,” Giroir said. There is no evidence prospective travelers are responsible for the surge in tests. [HuffPost]

WEARING MASKS IS MORE POPULAR AND LESS PARTISAN THAN YOU’D THINK An increasingly broad majority of Americans are wearing masks in public, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, which finds far more of a consensus on the benefits of masks than high-profile skirmishing over the issue might suggest. Democrats, especially, are prone to overstate the level of GOP opposition to masks, the survey finds. Seventy-seven percent of Americans say that generally people should wear face masks around others. A similar 71% say they would favor a government rule where they live requiring people to wear a face mask when in public around other people. [HuffPost]

Death certificate of Trump adviser Stephen Miller’s grandmother says coronavirus — but he denies it.

WORKERS WILL ‘SIT HOME’ ON TOO MUCH UNEMPLOYMENT AID, COMPLAINS STEVE MNUCHIN Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin attacked continuing enhanced benefits for unemployed Americans by complaining that workers will “sit home” collecting the money. “It wouldn’t be fair to use taxpayer dollars to pay more people to sit home than they would get working and get a job,” Mnuchin told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. Critics blasted Mnuchin as an out-of-touch, ultra-wealthy multimillionaire who was grilled at his nomination hearing for shortchanging the same U.S. taxpayers with offshore tax havens sheltering his money. [HuffPost]

HURRICANE HANNA PUMMELS TEXAS COAST Hanna, the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season, left a trail of destruction along the Texas coast, downing power lines, flooding streets and toppling 18-wheeler trucks as torrential rains threatened the area. Hanna came ashore on Padre Island on Saturday afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity and later made a second landfall in Kenedy County, Texas. It swept through a part of the state hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. By Sunday, it had weakened to a tropical depression. [Reuters]

TRUMP TO SKIP YANKEES PITCH BECAUSE OF ‘STRONG FOCUS ON THE CHINA VIRUS’ Trump on Sunday backed out of his commitment to throw out the first pitch at a New York Yankees game with the Boston Red Sox, claiming he’ll be busy addressing what he called the “China virus” — meaning COVID-19. Trump had said on Thursday that he would throw out the ceremonial pitch on Aug. 15. The turnabout came a day after Yankees players Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks took a knee during the national anthem before a game at Washington’s Nationals Park in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. [HuffPost]

Travelling while Asian during the pandemic.

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