Isolated Internationally, the US Opens Internally

World leaders rebuffed US efforts to punish WHO and China over the pandemic, rallying instead for global solidarity at the World Health Assembly,The New York Times reports.

The European Union, China, and even Russia agreed to an “impartial, independent” examination of the pandemic response, snubbing the Trump administration demand for an overhaul of the WHO.

The US government is now focusing on reopening, even as it has more than 1.5 million cases and is nearing 100,000 deaths—the most in the world.

Trump called the case count a “badge of honor,” claiming it means the US has better testing, the BBC reports.
The US does lead globally in tests by volume—but not per capita, according to Oxford University’s Our World in Data. As Harvard Global Health Institute director Ashish Jha noted last week, the US is only conducting about a third of the 900,000 tests it would need daily to reopen safely.

Yet all 50 states are now open to some degree, The New York Times reports.

Here's how that's going:

  • 4 days after reopening, Maryland reported a record jump in cases, with 1,784 newly confirmed cases on Tuesday. NPR

  • Georgia and Florida—2 states that opened early—face scrutiny over their numbers amid accusations of misleading charts and manipulated data,CNN reports.

  • Rebekah Jones, the scientist behind Florida's COVID-19 data portal, told USA Today she was fired Monday by the Florida Department of Health, after was removed from the project and warned data users to question the accessibility and transparency of the data.

  • To bolster the case to lift restrictions, the AP reports that Republican political operatives are recruiting “extremely pro-Trump” doctors to promote reopening messages. 
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