The United States broke two more grim milestones on Monday as its COVID-19 case count topped six million and the death toll surged past 183,000, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.
There have been more than 291,000 new cases in the last seven days alone.
These tragic figures account for a quarter of the cases worldwide and more than 21 percent of global deaths, which are approaching 850,000. Brazil’s case count is the second-highest at nearly 3.9 million. Brazil also has the second-most number of deaths – just under 121,000.
The coronavirus is spreading like wildfire in states like California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and Arizona, which hastily tried to reopen their economies and are sending kids back to school despite numerous warnings from public health officials.
In New York City, once the global epicenter of the pandemic, testing has reached all-time highs and the city is boasting the lowest growth in cases in the country.
A total lack of competent leadership at the highest levels in the US government is largely to blame. President Donald Trump has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the crisis, often contradicting his own panel of experts.
In a recent Axios interview, Trump casually dismissed the loss of life and refused to accept responsibility for failing to protect the public.
“They are dying, that’s true. And you have — it is what it is,” Trump said. “But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague.”
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.