“We’ve got to almost reset this and say, ‘Okay, let’s stop this nonsense,' ” he said after being asked by the Atlantic to state “the truth about the federal response to the pandemic” in the United States. “We’ve got to figure out, How can we get our control over this now, and, looking forward, how can we make sure that next month, we don’t have another example of California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona?”
Here are some significant developments:
- The total number of coronavirus infections reported in the United States is approaching 3.5 million, according to data tracked by The Washington Post, including at least 134,000 deaths.
- The greater Washington, D.C., region recorded its highest daily coronavirus caseload in weeks Wednesday as the District lost more ground in its fight to quell the pandemic.
- Hospital capacity in several hard-hit states is running low as officials scramble to keep their expanding outbreaks from spinning even further out of control.
- Health experts and hospital officials warn that an abrupt change in how the Trump administration requires them to report coronavirus data will increase the burden on facilities already strained by the pandemic.
- Support for mask mandates continued to grow a day after another of the country’s top health officials said universal face-covering could bring covid-19 “under control” in the United States. Alabama and the city of Tulsa mandated masks on Wednesday, while Walmart, Kroger and Kohl’s announced they would require all shoppers to wear masks.
- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) became the first governor to announce that he’d tested positive for coronavirus. Stitt said he has experienced only mild symptoms and will continue working from home while self-isolating.
- The 2021 Los Angeles area Rose Parade is canceled for the first time in 75 years.