State leaders facing 2nd wave resist steps to curb virus

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By ADAM GELLER and DAVID PITT Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even as a long-feared second wave of coronavirus strains hospitals, officials in many hard-hit states are resisting taking stronger action to stop the spread, with public fatigue, skepticism and political calculations running up against and contravening pleas from health experts.

Days before a presidential election that has spotlighted President Donald Trump’s scattershot response to the pandemic, new virus infections continued to spiral Friday, eclipsing record caseloads that set off national alarms in the spring and summer.

During those earlier outbreaks, first in the Northeast and then in Sun Belt states, many governors closed schools and businesses and limited public gatherings.

But the new surge, despite being far more widespread, has brought a decidedly more limited response in many states. Most are led by Republican governors backing a president who insists, falsely, that the country is getting the virus under control.

Over the past two weeks, more than 76,000 new virus cases have been reported daily in the U.S. on average, up from about 54,000 in mid-October, according to Johns Hopkins University….


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