If half the country’s deaths were in Montana, would New York shut down?

If half the country’s deaths were in Montana, would New York shut down?
New York City's Times Square is currently a ghost town.

[Ed. – But various states are set to reopen, so what’s the point?]

According to The New York Times coronavirus report, as of Sunday, April 19, 2:48 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, there were 35,676 COVID-19 deaths in the United States. Of those deaths, 18,690 were in the New York metropolitan area.

That means that more than half (52%) of all deaths in America have occurred in the New York metropolitan area.

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What makes this statistic particularly noteworthy is that the entire death toll for 41 of the other 47 states is 7,661. In other words, while New York has 52% of all COVID-19 deaths in America, 41 states put together have only 21% of the COVID-19 deaths. And all the 47 states other than New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have less than half (48%).

Now let us imagine that the reverse were true.

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