Bernie Sanders suggested that the casualties inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic could outpace some of the most drastic predictions during a press conference on Thursday, stating that it could be possible coronavirus would kill more people than servicemembers of the armed forces who were killed in World War II.
“We have to face the truth… And that is, that the number of casualties may actually be higher than what the armed forces experienced in World War II.”
To put matters into perspective, just over 400,000 Americans died fighting in World War II. The conflict’s casualties were only outpaced by the Civil War in total death count.
China- ground zero for the virus- has had over 133,000 diagnoses of the virus with almost 5,000 deaths as of Thursday. Deaths in China from the virus are already steadily declining, as they are in South Korea, the second-hardest hit country by the disease.
For the United States to suffer more casualties from the coronavirus than from World War II, our casualty and diagnosis rate would have to outpace that of China by an order of magnitude.
Certainly coronavirus is deadly serious. It could plausibly outpace the casualty rate of an event such as 9/11, for example. But stating that it’s going to take more lives than World War II combat casualties did outpaces even the most drastic predictions.
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Rhode Island Police Targeting New Yorkers for Mandatory Coronavirus Quarantine
State police will scrutinize New Yorkers arriving in the state.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order on Thursday that establishes strict mandatory quarantine rules for those arriving in the state from nearby New York.
“Anyone coming to Rhode Island in any way from New York must be quarantined,” said the governor at a press conference. “By order. Will be enforced. Enforceable by law.”
The executive order will require New Yorkers to identify themselves to state law enforcement or National Guard personnel and place themselves into self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. The Empire State is the national ground zero for the Chinese coronavirus epidemic, and Rhode Island’s government appears highly skeptical of New Yorkers fleeing from the state.
Governor Raimondo admitted that the executive order is an “an extreme measure,” but justified its implication on the basis of the coronavirus epidemic’s severity. “I don’t want anyone to panic. If anything, Rhode Islanders should breathe a sigh of relief. We are doing things to keep ourselves safe.”
National Guard personnel are being posted at the state’s major airports, and state police are stopping passenger traffic that enters from New York. Law enforcement will follow up with New York residents that enter the state to ensure that they’re complying the law.
Raimondo established real penalties for New Yorkers that violate the self-quarantine rule, subjecting them to a maximum penalty of a $500 fine or even 90 days in prison.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed his disapproval of the move, claiming it unfairly singles out New Yorkers in a time when Americans should be uniting to combat the coronavirus epidemic.
“I don’t like it socially or culturally. I don’t like what it says about us as one state, one family. Also, I don’t believe it’s medically justified.
Florida, Maryland, Texas and California have enacted similar public health measures that scrutinize New Yorkers, but Rhode Island’s appears to be the most forceful to enter effect thus far.
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