The week ends with a bang, again. 237K new cases today, over 12.6 million total and 562K reported deaths.
Daily reported cases are growing steadily, about 111% compared to last week, deaths are starting to go up again as well.
The USA is going up at 116% week over week change, +65K daily avg. Reported deaths are now also going back up, 900 daily avg atm.
The last 7 days had 4575 reported deaths, the same amount as 3 weeks ago, up from 3886 for last week and 4186 for the week before last.
Europe lost its downward momentum, first time since June 18 that Europe sees a week over week change above 100%.
Comparing the continents
North America stays ahead of South America, closely followed by Asia.
Africa keeps increasing the most week over week and passed the half million last week (563K currently, +17K daily)
Oceania is firmly back on the graph :/ Australia, or rather Melbourne is the sole reason.
A few in detail
The USA is well ahead of Brazil again. Brazil is actually slowing down a bit, level for the week.
India keeps steadily increasing at about 125% of last weeks numbers.
Iran is suddenly changing direction after staying level for weeks. Progress or temporary miscount.
Canada, all 4 big provinces slightly increasing again, keeping an eye out for that.
Japan and Australia are both struggling with new outbreak(s). South Korea still fighting it.
Current situation in the USA:
Pretty bad week again, and another local case popped up as well.
So good time to ask to re-open the border right?
In an open letter addressed to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, 29 bipartisan members of Congress called on the Canadian government to plan a phased reopening of the Canada-U.S. border and to consider easing existing measures.
"We are asking that the United States and Canada immediately craft a comprehensive framework for phased reopening of the border based on objective metrics and accounting for the varied circumstances across border regions," read the letter, which was published on Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins' website on July 3.
"We understand the importance of prioritizing the safety of our communities as we all navigate the complex calculation of minimizing public health risks and resuming economic activity. However, the social and economic partnership between our two nations necessitates a clear pathway forward," the letter read.
The current restrictions are set to expire on the 21st.
Despite the United States' plea, a spokesperson for Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told CTVNews.ca in a Friday statement that the health and safety of Canadians is "absolutely priority."
"Since the beginning of this global pandemic, we have been having friendly ongoing conversations with our American partners about our shared border. Both sides agree that the current measures in place, which are set to expire on July 21st, have worked well in restricting non-essential travel while allowing essential crossings to continue unimpeded."
That's the polite answer. The answers from Twitter
Higgins posted the open letter in full on his Twitter page and he was swiftly met with backlash on the social media platform.
"No thank you...clean up your backyard before you attempt to enter ours..sincerely Canada,"
"most of our earliest cases came from the U.S. So...... that's a firm 'no'. Sorry, eh."
Other users called the request "disastrous" and multiple accounts said they’d only be comfortable easing restrictions after seeing improvement in the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.