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Weekend – Lockdown relaxation bringing spikes in new cases. Open too soon? Probable. Sports are slowly returning. Continued protests across the US. Continuing rioting in some areas. Seattle has 1700-0500 curfew in place. Attacks against the press.

Weekly look at WA state numbers via the Seattle Times.

Friday – Minneapolis burning. Trump tweets inciteful language. CNN camera crew arrested while broadcasting live. None of it COVID related. Lockdown being relaxed across the globe.

Thursday – sunny and warm again. Trump threatening “action” against social media companies by Executive Order. New cases of COVID in WA are mainly in under 40s. That’s worrying. Potential mutation?

Wednesday – after a week of gloom – the sun is out again – and warming up. Hopefully local social distancing and masks prevail. 100k US deaths from Covid – that’s over a 90 day period. That’s 3-4 plane crashes per day. The scale of deaths is just not comprehended. 50% of US people would not take a vaccine.

Tuesday – back to work. Cummings fallout continues in the UK. Hydroxychloroquine trials are dropped. WHO warns of second peak. Second COVID birthday in the family.

Monday – Memorial Day in the US. The start of summer. A holiday. For week 12 – it’s another day at home. Too many reports of folk out and not distancing or wearing masks. I suspect a combination of tribal politics, fatigue and “it only gets old people”. New case rate in Washington State is relatively flat (~250 per day), and death rate is slowly going down (single digit trend). I think early action had a massive effect.

Local and global coverage for future reference.

The Seattle Times BBC The Guardian
25 May here here here
26 May here here here
27 May here here here
28 May here here here
29 May here here here
30 May here here here
31 May here here here