The government leadership has been blamed by a Canadian living in one of the COVID-19 epicentres in the United States for the increasing number of virus cases in the nation. Nakina Sankar Gravier indicated that she noted that many people are following the physical distancing guidelines and wearing masks. However, the guidance they are receiving from the government has been sub-par. Nakina stays in Coral Springs, Fla., about 76 kilometres north of Miami.
She reported on Wednesday that she is growing restless. Nakina indicated that she has a six-year-old son at home who is also growing incredibly restless as it is not easy to manoeuvre through such a global pandemic. She indicated that she was frustrated at the lack of direction from leadership along with no end in sight in dealing with this. On Thursday, Florida recorded 156 deaths which are a new record for COVID-19 deaths and recorded another 13,965 cases of the virus. According to a tally from Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 3.5 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with about 137,000 deaths.
Despite the increase in coronavirus cases across the country, U.S. President Donald Trump is now putting pressure on schools to reopen for the upcoming school year. To make the matter worse, he has threatened to defund the schools that do not open on time. Gravier said that she was deeply concerned as a mother because her number one priority is to keep her son safe. She indicated that there’s no way she will send her son back to school in August with the ever-growing numbers of positive cases. Gravier said she has been monitoring how Canada has been handling the virus.
She also noted that she has many friends and a lot of families that are still all over Canada, primarily in Winnipeg, where the reported cases have reduced greatly. She concluded that in those places, people are returning back to every-day life, and she feels a bit of jealously.