Coronavirus cases are growing faster in red states, new data reveals, with Texas recording a whopping 236% increase in cases in just FOUR DAYS – while infection rates slow in blue state Washington suggesting lockdowns work

Saturday, March 28, 2020
By Paul Martin

Four of the five states with the largest number of COVID-19 cases are reliable Democratic blue states
Experts believe their larger populations, more international communities and easier access to testing could account for why this is the case
However, new data shows COVID-19 cases are now increasing at a more rapid rate in Republican red states, with numbers exploding in Texas and West Virginia
On the other hand, blue states such as Washington – which reported America’s first COVID-19 case – are beginning to see infection rates slow in comparison
It’s possible that social distancing measures and partial lockdowns enforced several weeks ago in these blue states is responsible for the slowing
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28 March 2020

While traditionally blue states such as New York, New Jersey and California have the highest number of recorded coronavirus cases, new data shows that diagnoses are increasing at a more rapid rate in red states.

Nine of the 10 states that reported the largest percentage increases in COVID-19 cases earlier this week voted for President Trump in 2016, according to Five Thirty Eight.

The publication reveals that Texas clocked a whopping 256% increase in cases between Monday March 23 and Thursday March 27 – making it the state with the fastest growing increase in COVID-19 diagnoses.

On Monday, the Lone Star State only had 352 detected cases. By Thursday, that number had exploded to 1396.

West Virginia, which also went for Trump in 2016, was famously the last US state to report a confirmed case of COVID-19. But between Monday and Thursday, case numbers increased by a staggering 219%.

Conversely, Washington – the first state in the union to report a COVID-19 case – recorded the smallest percentage increase in case numbers. Cases there only increased 29% earlier this week.

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