According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of 15:55 EST on December 14, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States has exceeded 16.38 million, reaching 1,638,504, and the cumulative number of deaths has exceeded 300,000, reaching 300,267. U.S. media pointed out that the epidemic data continues to soar, and major hospitals across the country have been seriously affected.
However, under such an unprecedented impact of the epidemic, there are still “double standards” for epidemic prevention in American society, and politicians and people are full of absurd situations of treating the epidemic as a joke.
The number of confirmed cases is 210,000, with a total of more than 16 million confirmed cases.
CNN pointed out that after the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic, it took more than eight months for the United States to witness the first 8 million confirmed cases, but then doubled the number of confirmed cases in less than two months.
Using analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, the media noted that the average daily new cases in the United States in the past week have reached an alarming 210,764, while hospitals “almost every corner of the country” have been affected by the epidemic.
In the first week of December, more than 85% of hospitals across the country admitted more coronavirus patients than a month ago, while the proportion of hospitalized patients infected with the virus in the 10 largest cities in the United States reached a high of 23% and hovered at a low of about 9%.
The common people honestly prevent epidemic prevention, and enterprises and politicians enjoy “double standards”
The U.S. online media Intercept pointed out that although curfews have been imposed again and even re-issued home quarantine orders throughout the United States, some large enterprises have included their businesses in “critical infrastructure” by lobbying politicians to protect themselves from epidemic prevention measures.
Taking California’s entertainment industry as an example, the report pointed out that California has now changed its strategy to include the television and film production industry in “critical infrastructure”.
Therefore, although the latest round of the injunction has taken effect in early December, major Hollywood studios still continue to shoot and perform.
The report pointed out that “in sharp contrast to the strict rules applicable to ordinary California residents or small businesses”, at least 40 films in California are still in production, while other acts such as operating outdoor restaurants may face fines or imprisonment.
The report also pointed out that even California Governor Newsom, who issued a stay-at-home order, was caught by the media. Although Newsom called on people to reduce indoor gatherings, he went to the restaurant to attend his friends’ birthday parties.
“If the governor could eat indoors with 22 close friends, why wouldn’t I let guests eat outside?” a restaurant owner said displeased.
Politicians are fearless and their colleagues die. Governor: Please don’t joke.
The Washington Post noted that New Hampshire is currently experiencing the worst surge since the coronavirus outbreak, and the number of new confirmed cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in the state increased by 22%, 20% and 59% every day compared with the previous week in the first week of December.
That week, Republican state Rep. Dick Hinch was sworn in as the state House Speaker and celebrated with hundreds of colleagues, during which dozens of Republicans did not wear masks. As a result, Hinch, 71, was found dead at home just a week after taking office. The cause of death was confirmed to be COVID-19 after investigation.
In the face of Hinch’s death, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu shouted: “Please use your brains, don’t play! Sununu accused Republican politicians who still refuse to wear masks at the cost of the death of their colleagues in order to adhere to “ridiculous political views”.
People ignore the ban on bar carnivals. Health officials: No wonder if there is no coronavirus.
The media pointed out that in addition to enterprises and politicians, the performance of the people in the epidemic is also not reassuring.
Fox reported that on December 11, North Carolina began to impose a curfew requiring bars and restaurants to stop serving alcoholic drinks at 9 p.m. and customers must leave the business place before 10 p.m.
However, the night before the curfew was imposed, local people still partyed in bars. Video shows that a local bar in McKenburg County is overcrowded, and the carnival customers do not wear masks.
Local health director Gibby Harris showed the video to the media at a curfew press conference and said: “When we see such a picture, it is natural to imagine why we have reported the most cases after the outbreak, which is not surprising.”
“I would be very surprised if no one in that bar had COVID-19 last night,” he said.
It is precisely because of this top-down children’s play attitude to the epidemic that the “double standards” of epidemic prevention and control are ubiquitous, and the spread of the virus has always been uncontrollable.