The Corona Crucible – Thurs 12th November

World 52.4 million    US 10.7 million         Italy 1 million

Yesterday was the 13th day in a row without any new cases, or fatalities. We are in such a good place now.

Like most of Europe, Italy is having a big second wave of COVID. They have now recorded over one million cases, the 10th country to do so. Over 30,000 cases are being added daily.

Meanwhile, in the US, Rumpelstiltskin is desperate to hold onto power.

In the story of Rumpelstiltskin, at the end of the fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin was so angry about his real name being found out,  he stomped his foot so hard that he got stuck in the ground. In another version, he was so angry that he just ran away and never came back. Either ending to this saga would be appropriate.

Joe Biden has described his failure to concede defeat as an ‘embarrassment’. In the past 48 hours the US has recorded more than 280,000 new infections. Hospitals are overwhelmed.

Around 1,500 people are dying there every day from COVID.

It’s going to get worse before it gets better.