While rioting continued across parts of the country last night, sometimes spilling out of city centers and into more residential neighborhoods, the coronavirus continued its steady march with 21,500 new cases reported in the U.S. in the past 24 hours, even as some testing centers had to close down due to civil unrest. There are now 1,820,200 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 105,095 who had died as a result.
The rioting in the U.S. has suppressed news that the world saw 207,000 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the past 24 hours, an increase of 3.4 percent. The number of infected is now 6.302 million with 376,210 deaths.
We may never know to what extent the enforced lockdowns, the business closing, and the loss of jobs contributed to the rioting, but the undercurrent of frustration related to the coronavirus has likely exacerbated the situation we’re seeing unfold across the country.
One thing every prepper knows is that you can’t start a flame without tinder. Clearly, the death of George Floyd ignited the country as easily as a lightning strike starts a wildfire after months of drought. These protests are not limited to the “usual” cities, but are taking place across the country, including cities that have not seen riots for 50 years or more.
The danger with fire is that it can get out of control and do more damage than good, and there are people out there fanning the flames for reasons that have nothing to do with curtailing police brutality.
To all those caught up in the wake of the professional organizers, to those rioters and looters who are manipulated into being the bludgeon that others use to promote their politics of destruction, stop and ask yourself, is this still about George Floyd? Or have your legitimate grievances and protests been hijacked by those with a different agenda?
For perspective on the coronavirus numbers, we recommend you review data from yesterday and last week. For more of our coverage on the recent protests and rioting, we recommend Riots During an Epidemic and Will the Coronavirus Crisis Lead to Civil Unrest?