Monday evening doing the statistics on the coronavirus I noticed that Italy was no longer among the top four countries for reported cases of Covid-19. The United States was first with 1,346,723 positive cases and 80,352 cases; Spain was in second place with 227,436 positive cases and 26,744 deaths; the UK was in third place with 224,332 positive cases and 32,141 deaths; and Russia was now in 4th place with 221,344 positive cases and — now wait for this — 2,009 deaths.
The way that figures out percentage-wise is the death rate in the United States is 5.97%; in Spain it is 11.76%; in the UK it is 14.33%; but in Russia it is 0.91%. When I first looked at the Russian death rate being so low I thought the Russians were only counting the people who accidentally fell out of windows, which as we’ve seen is an unfortunate problem the Russians seem to have.
Sweden has reported 26,670 cases and has 3,256 deaths a 12.21% but it is running with a modified herd immunity approach to its population. Norway, next door, in many respects quite similar to Sweden which did have people quarantine in their homes has had 8,132 cases and 224 deaths or a 2.75% rate bu it had 3,000 less deaths.
Many in the United States would allege that Norway violated their citizens rights by forcing them to stay home and not get the virus. They’d cry “involuntary confinement” – or “false imprisonment” – or some such silliness. But any fair and impartial thinking observer would accept that Norway did a good thing for its citizens compared to Sweden.
German which took a strict test, trace and isolate approach has 172,576 positive cases and 7,661 deaths giving it a 4.44% rate which seems to have gone up somewhat as more cases developed and it loosened up it strict rules.
I suppose we should check out China. By the way on Monday Trump told a Chinese woman reporter who asked him why he keeps focusing on test rates but avoids talking about other statistics that her question was nasty and that she should ask China and not him. He then angrily took his ball and went home. China has reported 84,010 positive cases and a total of 4,637 deaths. Its percentage is comparable to the United States being 5.52%.
I guess either Russia far surpasses first world medical standards when it comes to treating the coronavirus or something is rotten in Russia. If the former wouldn’t the world be rushing there to learn what should be done. But no one seems to be doing that. So I guess something is rotten or perhaps just Putrined.
Speaking of Russia I heard Trump was tweeting about it on Sunday. The Trumpers must really be proud of their president who tweeted out 120 tweets that day. It tells you a lot about the guy and what he has to do to keep himself busy; is his life so empty that if he can’t play golf he tweets? I guess he is picking up the nickname as being Commander in Tweet. But hey, it’s good for business and Trump after all is a business man as we saw when he retweeted this: “Game on! We are thrilled to announce the reopening of @trumpgolfla beginning Saturday May 9th! We look forward to welcoming you back
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That retweet was the only good news of the day from Trump. It means he’ll stop his foolish tweeting and get out on the golf course where he can’t hurt the country for the time he is there.