Six months after the last big lockdown, it is clear that a new one is needed, believes German Lopez of Vox. Daily new cases of COVID-19 have risen as high as 180,000, and hospitals all over the country are nearing full capacity. Over 1,000 Americans are dying every day, which may rise to 2,000 and 3,000 before the end of the year. This fast spread has made containing the virus much harder. Past lockdowns were highly effective at stopping the virus from spreading and helped the country stabilize the infection rate. They proved to be effective in other countries as well. A new lockdown, with financial support for businesses, is direly needed to curtail further disaster.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has to be taken serious, violating citizens' civil liberties is not acceptable, suggests Jonathan S. Tobing of The New York Post. The government has already gone too far regarding excessive and obstructive rules. Head-scratching measures like closing churches while leaving open casinos, which happened in Nevada, show how poorly thought out much of this strategy is. That pandemic is being politicized, as certain gatherings, such as religious ones, are cracked down upon, while Black Lives Matter protests go unpunished. We need to remember to respect individual freedoms, first and foremost, and not allow unlimited government control.