The Corner

Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update: Trump Considers Tri-State Quarantine, New York Death Toll Doubling Every Two Days

EMTs wheel a sick patient to a waiting ambulance in New York City, March 28, 2020. (Stefan Jeremiah/Reuters)

With a death toll over 700 and more than 52,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, New York is in a state of emergency. Not only is it the hardest-hit state, but the growth rate of both deaths and new cases has been close to exponential. While that is due in large part to increased testing, it is alarming in comparison with Washington, which has similarly high testing but much lower case numbers and a flattening growth rate in new cases.

On Saturday, President Trump considered imposing a quarantine on the tri-state area, restricting travel in and out of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Cuomo argues such a measure would not be “legally enforceable.”

The outbreak in New York has spilled into New Jersey, which now ranks second per capita cases. Elsewhere, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Michigan continue to see their case numbers skyrocket. The graph below excludes New York, which has become an outlier, to give you a sense of the situations in other states.

Graph: Daniel Tenreiro
Data: covidtracking.com, U.S. Census Bureau

The death toll in New York has surged, doubling roughly every two days. Louisiana and New Jersey are also seeing high numbers of dead, whereas Washington’s number of deaths has grown slowly in the past two weeks. It remains to be seen whether Governor Cuomo’s stringent social-distancing measures will succeed in containing the outbreak.

Graph: Daniel Tenreiro
Data: covidtracking.com

On a more encouraging note, the U.S. continues to ramp up testing capacity. Indeed, the high number of new cases may be due to the fact that we now have the ability to catch more cases than we did before. On Thursday, 146,000 tests were administered in the U.S., almost double the previous day. That number fell slightly Friday, but it is clear that the mobilization of the private sector has been effective in developing the capacity to combat coronavirus. That bodes well for efforts to develop a “test-and-trace” strategy similar to the one utilized by South Korea.

Graph: Daniel Tenreiro
Data: covidtracking.com

Most Popular

U.S.

The ‘Institutional Racism’ Canard

About twice as many white people as black people are killed by police. In fact, in about 75 percent of police shootings, the decedent is not black. Of course, that is not what you would grasp from consuming media. Take the website statista.com, specifically its breathless focus on “Hate crime in the United ... Read More
U.S.

The ‘Institutional Racism’ Canard

About twice as many white people as black people are killed by police. In fact, in about 75 percent of police shootings, the decedent is not black. Of course, that is not what you would grasp from consuming media. Take the website statista.com, specifically its breathless focus on “Hate crime in the United ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Flames from False Narratives

The indefensible killing -- captured on video -- of George Floyd, following closely after the release of video showing the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, triggered the riots, looting, and conflagrations that have engulfed scores of cities across the country. As horrific as these killings were, it's questionable ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Flames from False Narratives

The indefensible killing -- captured on video -- of George Floyd, following closely after the release of video showing the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, triggered the riots, looting, and conflagrations that have engulfed scores of cities across the country. As horrific as these killings were, it's questionable ... Read More
U.S.

The Lockdowns Are Now a Scandal

A boy in my neighborhood committed suicide a few weeks ago. It’s possible that the teen’s preexisting problems were exacerbated by the seclusion, tediousness, and helplessness of a national lockdown. Maybe not. I didn’t really know him. I do know that locals were forced to pay respects by sitting parked ... Read More
U.S.

The Lockdowns Are Now a Scandal

A boy in my neighborhood committed suicide a few weeks ago. It’s possible that the teen’s preexisting problems were exacerbated by the seclusion, tediousness, and helplessness of a national lockdown. Maybe not. I didn’t really know him. I do know that locals were forced to pay respects by sitting parked ... Read More
Science & Tech

Trump Derangement Syndrome at The Lancet

Remember when we were told that the administration of Donald J. Trump posed a pernicious threat to science and medicine? In an attempt to sharpshoot Trump’s most famous scientific claim, one of the world’s leading medical journals just blew off its own foot. What other possible explanation can there be for ... Read More
Science & Tech

Trump Derangement Syndrome at The Lancet

Remember when we were told that the administration of Donald J. Trump posed a pernicious threat to science and medicine? In an attempt to sharpshoot Trump’s most famous scientific claim, one of the world’s leading medical journals just blew off its own foot. What other possible explanation can there be for ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Protest Loophole

Did you know there is a giant loophole to the legally enforceable social-distancing guidelines of the COVID-19 pandemic? New York City mayor Bill de Blasio was reminded by a reporter earlier this week that retail stores and houses of worship had been closed for months. All public gatherings were limited by law ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Protest Loophole

Did you know there is a giant loophole to the legally enforceable social-distancing guidelines of the COVID-19 pandemic? New York City mayor Bill de Blasio was reminded by a reporter earlier this week that retail stores and houses of worship had been closed for months. All public gatherings were limited by law ... Read More
NR Webathon

Don’t Let Them Destroy the Country

I   don’t come to you with tidings of joy. If you aren’t alarmed by what’s happening to the country, you haven’t been paying attention. I don’t simply mean the sickening violence. I mean the campaign to excuse it and normalize it by the media establishment and the intellectual elite. It’s ... Read More
NR Webathon

Don’t Let Them Destroy the Country

I   don’t come to you with tidings of joy. If you aren’t alarmed by what’s happening to the country, you haven’t been paying attention. I don’t simply mean the sickening violence. I mean the campaign to excuse it and normalize it by the media establishment and the intellectual elite. It’s ... Read More