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Too-soon lifting of COVID restrictions is suicidal | READER COMMENTARY

In this April 7, 2021 photo, cemetery workers wearing protective gear lower the coffin of a person who died from complications related to COVID-19 into a gravesite at the Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nations around the world set new records Thursday, April 8, for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease surged even in some countries that have kept the virus in check. Brazil became just the third country, after the U.S. and Peru, to report a 24-hour tally of COVID-19 deaths exceeding 4,000. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
In this April 7, 2021 photo, cemetery workers wearing protective gear lower the coffin of a person who died from complications related to COVID-19 into a gravesite at the Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nations around the world set new records Thursday, April 8, for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease surged even in some countries that have kept the virus in check. Brazil became just the third country, after the U.S. and Peru, to report a 24-hour tally of COVID-19 deaths exceeding 4,000. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File) (Andre Penner/AP)

The Baltimore Sun recently reported that known worldwide COVID-19 deaths are now approximately 3 million. The U.S. has 566,000 known deaths from COVID-19. That’s more than one-sixth of all known worldwide deaths from the virus.

Some states now have a positivity rate over 20%, yet approximately 45% of Republicans told pollsters they will not get vaccinated, and Republican jurisdictions are in the forefront of lifting pandemic restrictions.

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Meanwhile, some Democratic leaning jurisdictions are following the GOP lead and lifting restrictions just as the highly contagious U.K. variant is becoming the dominant U.S. strain. It is already dominant in the mid-Atlantic. According to The Sun, Baltimore has now become a virus hot spot for some of the reasons cited above (”‘Deeply concerning’: Baltimore City emerging as a COVID hot spot; officials urge vigilance,” April 16).

Americans are committing suicide by COVID-19, but I suppose this suicide is included in the freedoms the GOP rarely enumerates but loudly trumpets as being taken away by so-called leftist oligarchs and elites.

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Ed Schneider, Baltimore

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