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Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Tate Reeves (R-MS) Roll Out The Red Carpet For B.1.1.7

It's rare, but occasionally another country-- Brazil or India-- will have more one-day new cases of the coronavirus than us. Yesterday the U.S. wasn't #1 on the list of the countries with the most new cases. These 10 were the only countries with more than 10,000 new cases yesterday:

  • Brazil- 75,337

  • USA- 68,000

  • Italy- 24,028

  • France- 23,507

  • India- 18,292

  • Poland- 15,827

  • Czechia- 14,620

  • Turkey- 11,302

  • Russia- 11,024

  • Ukraine- 10,155

But that doesn't tell you about which country is having the worst of it right now. These are the ones with the most active /most critical cases as of yesterday:

  • USA- 8,875,491 /13,618

  • France- 3,506,909 /3,680

  • UK- 938,475 /1,590

  • Brazil- 937,485 /8,318

  • Belgium- 705,028 /434

  • Italy- 456,462 /2,525

  • Spain- 333,210 /2,571

  • Russia- 327,553 /2,300

  • Mexico- 268,093 /4,798

  • Poland- 262,010 /1,675

Yesterday, there were only 9 US states reporting over 2,000 new cases. Almost all of them have pathetically weak governors who have given in to open-up-fast-- too fast-- pressures. Their citizens may pay for that in the coming months:

  • New York- 8,282 -- 88,291 cases per million residents

  • Florida-- 90,149 cases per million residents

  • Texas-- 92,869 cases per million residents

  • California-- 90,936 cases per million residents

  • New Jersey-- 90,785 cases per million residents

  • Pennsylvania-- 74,147 cases per million residents

  • Arizona-- 112,122 cases per million residents

  • North Carolina-- 82,965 cases per million residents

  • Georgia-- 96,022 cases per million residents

The worst ravaged states, looking at the cases/million residents are mostly states with Trumpist governments that are anti-mask and anti-remediation. There are 13 states with over 100,000 cases per million residents and Mississippi is at 99,901 and will join the 100K club this coming week, especially because the dim-wit Trumpist governor just ended all mask mandates and opened up the state to business. These are the 13 worst-hit states in the U.S.:

  • North Dakota-- 131,588 cases per million residents

  • South Dakota-- 127,992 cases per million residents

  • Rhode Island-- 120,942 cases per million residents

  • Utah-- 116,617 cases per million residents

  • Iowa-- 116,060 cases per million residents

  • Tennessee-- 114,347 cases per million residents

  • Arizona-- 112,122 cases per million residents

  • Oklahoma-- 108,052 cases per million residents

  • Arkansas-- 107,471 cases per million residents

  • Nebraska-- 104,585 cases per million residents

  • Kansas-- 102,428 cases per million residents

  • Alabama-- 101,748 cases per million residents

  • South Carolina-- 101,629 cases per million residents

I want to mention that Idaho is the 17th worst hit state with 96,710 cases per million residents. And the reason I want to mention that is because of this sweet event in Boise today. Well, really more bathetic than sweet:

Around the same time that these 'tards were applauding their children for burning masks, the NY Times published a chilling 4th wave report by Lauren Leatherby and Scott Reinhard: More Contagious Variant Is Spreading Fast in U.S., Even as Overall Cases Level Off. "As U.S. coronavirus cases remain at a low not seen since October," they wrote, "a more contagious variant first reported in the United Kingdom has likely grown to account for more than 20 percent of new U.S. cases as of this week... There is not yet enough genomic sequencing-- the process required to screen positive coronavirus samples for variants-- to be certain of how widely that variant, known as B.1.1.7, is spreading. But data suggests its share of total cases is growing at a trajectory similar to that seen in countries where it has fueled surges."

The B.1.1.7 variant is just one variant of concern found in the United States, in addition to a variant first identified in Brazil and another discovered in South Africa. But those variants make up a tiny fraction of total cases compared with B.1.1.7, which experts say is likely to become dominant across the country this month. The variant is doubling as a share of all new U.S. cases approximately every 10 days, continuing a pattern first identified by researchers in early February.
...[T]here were most likely tens of thousands of cases attributed to B.1.1.7 in the United States in the past week alone... The relative share of the variant grew exponentially over the past several weeks in almost every state where Helix had enough data for a trend to be evident. In Florida, the share of cases caused by the B.1.1.7 variant was highest: well over an estimated 30 percent of cases. Nationwide, the figure is probably more than 20 percent.

So far B.1.1.7 has been detected in every state except Montana, Oklahoma (which has the P.1 variant instead), South Dakota and Vermont. Florida is one of the few states with all three variants-- B.1.1.7, P.1 and B.1.351. Dr William Lee, vice president of science at Helix told The Times that "Although total cases have been going down in recent weeks, B.1.1.7 cases have not, which means that it may not be surprising to see cases start rising again in regions that have high levels of B.1.1.7 transmission."



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