Infections are rising fastest outside the big cities first afflicted

United States

DURING MOST of the coronavirus period, President Donald Trump has acted as if only part of America has been affected: the Democratic part. Early on, he called the virus the Democrats’ “new hoax”. He claimed that only Democratic states were asking for bail-outs from the costs of it and has sided with the many Republicans demanding the prompt reopening of locked-down states.

And for most of the course of the disease, Democrats have indeed been worse affected. It is a rule of American politics that Democratic control increases with population density. So do coronavirus infections. New York, New Orleans, Chicago

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