LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): And the number of new infections in New York is starting to show some signs of good news as well.
On Monday, the state reported an increase of 5,707. On Tuesday, it went up 4,790, that's nearly a 1,000 person decrease in the rate of increase, that kind of gets confusing, but in -- today it went up 5,146, but that is still down from two days ago. You see those trends.
Now, if that trend does hold, it's really good news about when this nightmare actually peaks and then we start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Let's hope.
But fear is powerful. We all know that and in this case it's understandable, given what we've seen around the world, especially in places like Italy. But fear alone should not drive policy. Facts and reliable updated data should inform all of our projections.
And around the world countries are taking different approaches. India has a total lockdown now and after Italy's horrific experience, you kind of can't blame people, extreme social distancing, It's effect in the U.K., and Spain -- but Sweden and Denmark have rejected the total lockdown approach and they're getting some grief for it, but are not seeing a greater rate of infection than some of their European counterparts, that's really interesting.
Only time will tell which approach was right, and which one might have been going a little too extreme.