U.S. Hits Another Record for New Coronavirus CasesWhen traveling up from Houston,TX in February, only a few people had heard about Covid-19. Some might have heard about something going on in distant China, something like a virus making people sick, killing some. I stayed in BnBs on the way up. In Michigan I stopped and picked up a trailer, before going on.
A few weeks later, on March 16, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the imminent closure of the International border to the U.S. , a move nobody would have ever anticipated.
But the virus from China had entered Canada and the government wanted to stop the spread across the border.
At that time also U.S. officials knew that the world could change over the coming weeks, but little was done to curb the spread. Italy was already in a severe crisis. They were running out of hospital beds. All-of-a-sudden doctors had to make grave life and death decisions old people had to die, while the doctors concentrated on saving the lives of the younger ones.
At that time the American horse was already out of the barn .
CDC-officials had been fired and the organization been defunded.
While health experts tried to find the horse out on the pasture and get it back into the barn, right-wing media and the GOP sabotaged any effort to rein in the danger.
But Trump had issued a travel ban against certain European nations. He probably hoped that this would be enough to curb the danger.
Covid-19 numbers were still rising fast. And with it the number of Covid-related death. The following lockdowns came much too late. Millions registered for unemployment benefits. Trump got more nervous by the day.
By now more 20,000 new cases became the daily average of newly registered cases.
Yesterday, more than 45,000 new cases in the United States were reported, the third consecutive day with a record total. A few days ago a staggering 3,800 people died in one day. That is more than the victims of 9-11. But while 9-11 could be blamed on terrorists, yesterday's caseload can only be blamed on the president of the United States and his enablers.
So where is the United States standing today?
Well, Trump's travel ban has been reciprocated by the European Union and while European countries have done their homeworks and reduced Covid cases they are now starting to open up their borders again, but Americans will be excluded from entering the EU. Soaring Covid cases in many states, caused by a too early reopening of the economy and a large crowd of irresponsible beach-goers and protesters is the reason why.
The U.S. is standing back as a pariah. Isolated, pitied and to some extent laughed at, it will be a long time until America will be great again.
And Canada's Prime Minister just made a another announcement: "We will be very, very careful with reopening the border again".
The Canadian horse is in the barn.