Trump’s Failures Lead To Coronavirus Spreading Out Of Control
June 30, 2020
Despite the Trump administration’s claims, the coronavirus is not under control. Trump’s failure to effectively respond to the coronavirus has led to surges in cases across the country, and once again states are facing testing shortages that will make it harder to control.
At least a dozen states and cities have been forced to reverse reopening plans due to surging coronavirus outbreaks.
Associated Press: “States reverse openings, require masks amid virus resurgence”
New York Times: “With new cases surging in many parts of the country, at least a dozen states and cities are pulling back on reopening plans, with measures that effectively declare: Not so fast.”
Despite the Trump administration’s claims, the pandemic is not under control, and the CDC says it is spreading too rapidly to be controlled.
Washington Post: “Trump administration says the epidemic is under control despite surges in the South and West”
CNBC: “The coronavirus is spreading too rapidly and too broadly for the U.S. to bring it under control, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday.”
The European Union is reopening its borders but barring travel from the United States because of our high number of new coronavirus cases.
NBC News: “Most travelers from the United States will be barred from entering the European Union after it reopens its borders Wednesday because the coronavirus is still far too prevalent in the U.S., European officials announced Tuesday.”
Once again, states are facing testing shortfalls that threaten to make it even more difficult to contain the virus.
Bloomberg: “The U.S. is again grappling with a shortfall of testing that has hobbled the nation since the pandemic’s early weeks, and now threatens to further undermine containment efforts at a crucial moment. In new hot spots like Arizona, Texas and Florida, where Covid-19 is rapidly spreading, lines for testing extend outside of urgent-care offices and other sites.”
The Trump administration downplays new outbreaks as only affecting a small number of counties, but more than 20% of Americans live in those counties.
Associated Press: “It’s been a frequent Trump administration talking point on the recent spike in COVID-19 infections: Don’t worry, only a small sliver of U.S. counties is at greater risk. In offering this reassurance, Vice President Mike Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar have said that only 3% or 4% of counties in the country are seeing a surge in cases. Focus on the ‘encouraging signs,’ Pence told senators last week. But they and other administration officials are skirting a key fact: More than 20% of Americans live in those relatively few counties.”