Some have done a second lockdown, most new restrictions for a short time….something American Governor’s are resisting…..
As we enter the second week of December, Europe appears to be rounding the corner. The seven-day average of newly confirmed cases is trending downward after countries imposed lockdowns or other social-distancing mandates, including closing bars and restaurants….
The story in the United States is markedly different. New daily caseloads shot up from roughly 100,000 positive tests a day to around 200,000 a day over the past month. By the end of the past week, the tally of daily coronavirus-related deaths was nearing that of those slain in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Though home to roughly 4 percent of the world’s population, the United States now accounts for almost 20 percent of coronavirus-related deaths. One predictive model forecasts 539,000 virus-related U.S. deaths by next April.
“Even when Germany was seen as so successful, and taken as an example for many, we always knew we were always looking at one window of time,” Lothar Wieler, the head of Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, the federal agency responsible for infectious-disease control, said last week. “Right now, we just can’t get the numbers down. The situation remains very tense.”
That’s also a reflection of widespread fatigue with pandemic-induced restrictions. This autumn, Europe paid the price both for a lax summer where travel and tourism resumed for much of the continent as well as the reluctance of governments to reimpose unpopular lockdowns.
“There was a certain hesitancy to reintroduce the measures after the summer, because we all knew what they meant in terms of the economy and society,…