Trump uses aid to subdue governors
The epidemic spreads unevenly between the countryside and the cities
It is déjà vu in New York. Again the deserted streets, the silent airspace, the howling of sirens, the overflowing hospitals. The ghost of 9/11 has returned to a city resurrected as Ground Zero from a global catastrophe. On Wednesday, for the first time since that fateful September 11, 2001, Emergency Services beat the medical call record: 6,554, even more than on the day of the attacks. But on Thursday they beat him again: 7,000 calls. And probably each of the next 21 days that it will take to reach the dreaded zenith of the epidemiological curve.
“This time the enemy does not hijack planes, but our lungs,” compared The Washington Post. So Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plea is “respirators, respirators, and respirators,” he insisted this Friday. The man who should get them doesn’t take it seriously, but Cuomo no longer faces Donald Trump. The president made clear Tuesday that he will help New York only if his authorities flatter him. “They have to be kind to us,” he said.
So when he called a Fox show to question the urgent request, Cuomo measured the response. Trump says he does not understand that “suddenly he will need 30 or 40,000 respirators when there are many hospitals that until now had one or two, “Sean Hannity told the presenter. This is like buying a car, you know? It is expensive. And I have the impression that they are going to need much less ».
A doctor, who did not want to give his name, said he was “dumb ‘quot; when he heard him. “Outraged,” he added. It infuriates me so much! We are sharing the respirators and deciding who to put it on to save one life or another, and the president says that he has “the impression ‘quot; that we are not going to need it … »The governor, who has to show his face, he held himself in front of the cameras. «I don’t have a crystal ball to know what we are going to need, I would like to think that the climate is going to change overnight and will erase this virus from the planet, but I have to act according to the data already scientists’ projections, not based on ‘hunches’ or’ sensations’.
In New Orleans, another large city hit twice by catastrophes; Mayor La Toya Cantrell measured her words less to those who blame her for not having cancelled the Mardi Gras carnivals, in whose agglomerations the virus spread like wildfire. “If the president said that nothing was wrong and that we would have no case soon, why would he cancel them?” More than a million people danced at the end of February on the now deserted streets. Today there are about 3,000 cases and a hundred deaths in the state from the party to the pandemic, through Donald Trump. According to the University of Louisiana, the rate of spread in the first two weeks of infection was the highest in the world.
The uneven curve in the country, depending on the population density and the number of diagnoses. In the county of Ulster that houses the mythical town of Woodstock, just two hours from the Big Apple, not a single case has been confirmed, even though the state had almost 50,000 this Friday, more than half in the city. of the skyscrapers. Only a dozen of the 62 counties in the country have confirmed cases, something that will change day by day with the increase in evidence and the massive departure from the city to the countryside. “Try walking down a Manhattan sidewalk two meters away from other pedestrians!” Cuomo challenged.
New York is also the state with the most tests, 130,000 as of this Friday. And the US, with 65,000 tests daily is already a world leader ahead of China and South Korea, but not per capita. A state like Arizona does not reach a thousand. The less evidence, the fewer cases, in the short term. Long, in Washington state, where the epidemic began, the private initiative expanded diagnostic tests without waiting for government kits, and this week, some of its hospitals report days without a single new case. It is the letter of the future that everyone hopes to read one day.