Here is the short cut to the full COVID report for Monday.

Major trends all moving in the correct direction. Monday-to-Monday comparison:

World new cases: down 5%
World fatalities: down 25%
USA new cases: down 17%
USA fatalities: down 34%

International:

Paraguay had the highest fatality rate for the 24th consecutive day and is desperate for vaccines, with only 1.5% of its populace fully vaccinated.

Domestic:

β€œCoronavirus infections dropping where people are vaccinated, rising where they are not”. The tragedy of this situation is that the vaccination rates are lowest in the states which have the biggest problems and most need the vaccinations. (Or perhaps there is causation. Maybe they have the biggest problems because they are the least vaccinated.)

These seven states have vaccinated the lowest percentage of their population (one or more shots), listed in order from the worst to the 7th-worst:

Mississippi
Louisiana
Alabama
Wyoming
Idaho
Tennessee
Arkansas

Compare that to the list of states in the red zones today:

Testing percentage New cases Fatalities
Idaho
Alabama
Kansas
Arkansas
Wyoming Kansas

Kansas has not been as completely irresponsible as the seven states on the least-vaccinated list, but that state is also below that national average in vaccinations. Given that it is the only state in the double red zone, it should be making every effort to be the MOST vaccinated state.

Imagine those poor Paraguayans, so desperate for vaccinations while so many Americans simply refuse them.

He achieved that by winning the French Open Sunday after losing the first two sets. He’s still one major shy of the record co-held by his rivals Federer and Nadal, but he has accumulated his titles in fewer years, and is the youngest of the Big Three.

Key facts:

1. Before the semi-finals on Friday, Nadal’s lifetime record at Roland Garros had been an unbelievable 105-2. Djokovic handed him loss #3 Friday, and was also responsible for one of the previous two. (The only other man to defeat Nadal at Roland Garros was Robin Soderling, an excellent clay court player who made the French Open finals two consecutive years in his brief, illness-shortened career.)

2. Djokovic has a lifetime winning record against both Nadal (30-28) and Federer (27-23). He has won his last ten non-clay matches against Nadal.

For the record, Nadal has dominated Federer 24-16, so their combined record in matches involving only those three players is:

Nadal 52-46
Djokovic 57-51
Federer 39-51

Nadal’s record is divided sharply by surface. Nadal is 14-2 against Federer on clay, compared to 10-14 on other surfaces. He is 19-8 against Djokovic on clay, 9-22 on other surfaces. There is no question that Nadal is the greatest clay court player in history, with an amazing record of 33-10 against the two greatest rivals of his era. That makes Djokovic’s win against him in Friday’s semi-finals seem to smell all the sweeter.

That’s her character’s name in pro rasslin’. Her real name is Gionna Daddio, and I believe she is specifically referenced in the song “Black Slacks,” although it was written years before she was born. I guess it was a prophecy.

Ooo, black slacks
Ooo, black slacks
Make it cool, Daddio
When I put em on
I’m rarin’ to go

She is pictured below without her black slacks.