May 30 Coronavirus Report: Brazil Drives Global Growth

The continued spread of coronavirus across the globe will likely have lasting consequences for global tourism and trade.

Globally, cases of the coronavirus shot up 137,000 in the past 24 hours, climbing to 6.095 million.  This is the largest single-day case load in the history of COVID-19 and is causing the curve to take a turn upward even as much of Europe has gained control of the virus. Global deaths climbed more than 4,000 to 369,789.

Brazil’s numbers grew by 33,274 in the past 24 hours to 498,440 cases. This growth rivals the highest numbers in the U.S. when it was at its peak.  Unfortunately, no one thinks Brazil is nearing its peak and the country may become an example of what happens when there are only minimal attempts to flatten the curve.

Russia saw over 10,000 new cases, taking it past the 400,000 mark to 405,843.

In the U.S., there were 23,300 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total in the United States to 1,778,000.  This is a growth of 1.3 percent overnight.  There were 963 additional deaths reported, bringing the total to 103,775, according to data compiled by the New York Times.

To put these numbers into perspective, we encourage you to look back at yesterday’s data as well as our report from a week ago.

May 28 Coronavirus Report: Brazil Tops Charts

While American holds its breath, hoping the coronavirus is in retreat, it continues to tear through Brazil, which now has 400,000 cases.

In the past 24 hours, the U.S. hit two coronavirus milestones: 100,000 deaths and 1.7 million cases.  Other than that, the coronavirus news in the U.S. isn’t bad. In fact, it appears that people, including the media, are holding their breath waiting to see if there is a surge in cases or if COVID-19 really is seasonal.

In the past 24 hours, there have been only 17,200 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the U.S., an uptick of 1 percent, bringing the grand total to 1,707,700.  Deaths reached 100,426, an increase of 1,410.

On the international side of things, Brazil has crossed the 400,000 mark, reporting 411,821 cases. That’s an increase of about 100,000 cases per week.  The daily death toll in Brazil has at times been the highest in the world, and Brazil’s numbers are thought to be greatly under-reported.  Brazil is already the country with the second most cases behind the U.S. and will soon pass France and Spain in the number of reported deaths.

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May 25 Coronavirus Report: Memorial Day

People are taking advantage of the three-day weekend to leave quarantine behind, with little concern for social distancing.

My grandfather served in the Navy in WWII and my uncle fought in Korea.  They both made it home alive, but knew plenty of men who did not.  They are no longer around to remember, so I remember and honor their comrades in arms on their behalf. Thank you and the many others for your sacrifice.

The Great Beach Experiment

Based on what we’ve seen in the media, summarized in this round-up article from ZeroHedge, beaches up and down the East Coast are flooded with visitors this Memorial Day weekend.  Tired of being under lockdown, thousands of American are heading out and ignoring social distancing. Few choose to wear masks.

And you know what?  I’m fine with that.

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