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Day 99 : A Great Success Story

Current status in the US:

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  • Eric Trump promotes “quarantine wine” on the same day that his dad spares visas for vineyard workers
  • Bay Area food banks get a coronavirus surprise: 35,000 Wagyu steaks worth $2 million
  • Kentucky Gov Andy Beshear denounced a Kentuckian filing for unemployment as Tupac Shakur, suggesting it was a fake name during his daily coronavirus press conference. It was later discovered Tupac Malik Shakur, 46, lives in Lexington
  • Millions of municipal workers could find themselves out of a job or without pay as cities and states face an urgent financial crisis, according to a new estimate from the National League of Cities. The reductions in staffing could affect education, sanitation, safety and health, and more
  • Today we surpassed Vietnam War in American deaths.
    Vietnam war: 58,220
    Covid-19 (as of 4/29/20 @ 10:20AM EST): 59,266
    At the time of this writing, Vietnam has currently reported 270 cases of coronavirus and no deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University
  • Remember when the chuds said that “OBUMMER ORDERED BODY BAGS AND FEMA!!!” Well, the federal government actually did order 100,000 new COVID-19 body bags for what officials described as preparations for a “worst possible case national scenario.” The order, costing $5.1 million, was placed April 21 by FEMA. Trump, however, said he expected that the pandemic could cost 60,000 to 70,000 lives in the U.S, we’ev now surpassed that number
  • Several states warned residents who are called back to work that they may be cut off from unemployment benefits if they refuse to return because they don’t feel safe. Concern about exposure to coronavirus is typically not a sufficient enough reason to stay home and continue collecting benefits, according to a recent guidance from the US Department of Labor
  • CDC data suggests that the U.S. coronavirus death toll is far higher than reported. Total deaths in seven states are nearly 50% higher than normal for the five weeks from March 8 through April 11
  • Meanwhile, Florida officials stopped releasing the list of coronavirus deaths being compiled by Florida’s medical examiners. Earlier this month, the medical examiners’ death count was 10% higher than the figure released by the Florida Department of Health
  • Jared Kushner called the coronavirus crisis “a great success story” as the U.S. death toll crossed 60,000, with more than one million COVID-19 cases confirmed. “We’re on the other side of the medical aspect of this,” Kushner claimed in an interview with Fox News without citing evidence. “We’ve achieved all the different milestones that are needed. The federal government rose to the challenge.” Kushner also promised that that much of the country could be “back to normal” by June and for the nation to be “really rocking again” by July. [Editor’s note: Jared Kushner is a shithead.] (Daily Beast / CNN / The Hill / Business Insider)
  • The Trump administration has been organizing a Manhattan Project-style effort to cut the time needed to develop a coronavirus vaccine, with a goal to have 100 million doses ready by year’s end. Called “Operation Warp Speed,” The Trump administration has been organizing a Manhattan Project-style effort to cut the time needed to develop a coronavirus vaccine, with a goal to have 100 million doses ready by year’s end. Called “Operation Warp Speed,” 99 days and 61,544 American lives later
  • Trump, providing no evidence, promised that the U.S. will be able to carry out more than five million coronavirus tests per day “very soon” after a Harvard University study said the U.S. needed to be capable of carrying out at least 5 million tests a day by early June 
  • Trump administration asks intelligence agencies to find out whether China, WHO hid info on coronavirus pandemic
  • Comparing COVID-19 deaths to flu deaths is like comparing apples to oranges

Today’s projection data:
Total projected cases in the US: 1,080,843
Total projected deaths in the US: 58,768

Today’s actual data:
Total cases in the US: 1,065,245
Total deaths in the US: 61,568

Link, text, and photo credits: 1point3acres, WTF Just Happened Today, and fipilele

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