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I admit it. I was wrong. A week ago, I’d predicted the US daily new case count would reach 200,000 by Thursday. It didn’t – and that’s the sort of error I’m happy to see. But on Friday, it did, getting to 204,179 in a single day. Ugh.
Will our new case numbers continue to increase? How long will it take us to reach a quarter million cases a day? I’m not sure. Possibly there might be a faltering in growth at present, and after Friday’s new record, Saturday was “only” 137,000 new cases. Perhaps some of the new restrictions being imposed are starting to work. But on the other hand, I agree with the experts who fear that Thanksgiving travel and family celebrations might create an uptick in new cases. Let’s see how the country acts for Thanksgiving and maybe then it will be clearer if we’ll go on to a quarter million cases every day or not.
The UK is planning a bit further ahead than the US. It is trying to come up with a lockdown policy for the Christmas period, and at present, the thinking is there will probably be a five day suspension of restrictions to allow families to get together over the Christmas period.
One could wryly note that the UK government’s Christmas gift to its people is the gift of the virus – a bonus chance to become infected. While it is kind to allow families to come together and unite, the virus is relentless in its spread. The UK has calculated (I don’t understand how) that it will require five days of stricter lockdown restrictions for each day of the Christmas “amnesty”, so 25 days of greater lockdown in return for five days of relative freedom.
What the UK government is not saying, however, is how many extra cases and deaths will result from this five day suspension. That’s essential information to share, to allow people to make truly informed decisions about what to do at Christmastime.
I have realized that because there are such large gaps in counts between each of the states, these lists of US states will probably be very slow changing rather than volatile. It would be great to get a list of current new infections and deaths rather than totals since the start, but I’m not sure of a source for that – if anyone knows of one, please let me know.
What can be seen at present though is that Vermont’s new cases between Thursday and Sunday rose by 811/million, whereas North Dakota’s rose by 5,342 – more than six times the rate of new infections. Vermont’s deaths rose by 3/million, whereas New Jersey’s rose by 9.
The two new case tables and the death table too show European countries continuing their advance up the lists. Italy, nowhere on the death list last Sunday, is now in fourth place. And, as predicted, the US edged ahead of Chile to return to its customary 8th place.
US Best and Worst States
|Last time||Now||Last time||Now|
|1 Best||VT (5,305)||VT (5,816)||VT (98)||VT (101)|
|51 Worst||ND (90,035)||ND (95,377)||NJ (1,893)||NJ (1,902)|
Top Case Rates Minor Countries
|Rank||One Week Ago||Today|
|9||San Marino||San Marino|
|10||French Guiana||French Guiana|
Top Case Rates Major Countries
|Rank||One Week Ago||Today|
|2||Czech Republic||Czech Republic|
Top Death Rate Major Countries
|Rank||One Week Ago||Today|
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