President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. are radically downplaying new coronavirus-related deaths in the United States, with elections only days away and COVID-19 cases rising across the country.
“I looked at the CDC data because I was constantly hearing about new infections, but I was like, why don’t they talk about deaths?” Because the number is almost nothing, “Trump Jr. told Fox News The angle of Ingraham Thursday night. “If you look at my Instagram, it has almost nothing. We are surpassing Europe in a positive way. We got it. “
On Thursday, the country reported more than 90,000 coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time since the pandemic was declared, and about 1
While doctors have improved on COVID-19 treatment, which means that a smaller percentage of hospitalized people eventually die, deaths are already rising slowly and are expected to rise more in the coming weeks. Increases in deaths are usually reported weeks after the cases begin to increase as seriously ill people are hospitalized and die.
Early Friday morning, the president repeated his son’s argument, tweeting, “More tests equals more cases” and “Death is the way down.”
The language is a continuation of what the president recently said in the wake of the coronavirus campaign, which he described as a “conspiracy theory for fake news” just days before the election. The increase in cases cannot be due to more tests, as cases are increasing at a much higher rate and hospitalizations continue to increase. The death toll in the United States has exceeded 228,000, and the virus is on the rise in almost all states. Field hospitals are opening in states such as Wisconsin and Texas to cope with the rise in COVID-19-related hospitalizations.
Medical groups were quick to condemn Trump’s accusations this weekend that corrupt hospitals inflate death toll to make a profit. The president’s allegations were “a condemnation of the ethics and professionalism of doctors,” Jacqueline Fincher, president of the American College of Physicians, said in a statement.
Experts have warned that colder weather across the country could lead to an increase in infections as people spend more time indoors. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Thursday that life in the United States may not return to “normal” by 2022.
Trump’s campaign did not respond to comments on the allegations of the president and Trump Jr.