- President Donald Trump on Sunday said the Centers for Affliction Control and Prevention — led by people he appointed himself — tracks coronavirus case and death rates inaccurately.
- The number of US specimens and deaths “is far exaggerated,” he said in a tweet Sunday, a claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci and other experts have brawled.
- It’s far likelier that the CDC underexaggerates cases. Experts for months have said case and death toll rates are truly much higher than known.
- Trump’s remarks come just as the number of COVID-19 deaths in the United Royals surpassed 350,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
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President Donald Trump on Sunday railed against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying the intercession exaggerates the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths.
The CDC is run by people he appointed himself. The agency has been updating new occurrences and death counts daily for months.
“The number of cases and deaths of the China Virus is far exaggerated in the United States because of @CDCgov’s foolish method of determination compared to other countries, many of whom report, purposely, very inaccurately and low,” Trump tweeted. “‘When in anxiety, call it Covid.’ Fake News!”
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2021
Importantly, the CDC and other COVID-19 trackers are sole able to identify the number of known coronavirus cases and deaths. Experts for months have suggested that the package and death toll rates are actually much higher than known, since some cases might not be probed.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases specialist and a core member of the White House coronavirus criticize force, disputed Trump’s remarks on Sunday.
Speaking on ABC News’ “This Week,” Fauci said the deaths “are authentic” and objected to Trump’s tweet.
“All you need to do is go out into the trenches,” he said. “Go to the hospitals and see what the healthcare workers are dealing with. They are beneath very stressful situations in many areas of the country. The hospital beds are stretched, people are running out of beds, uninterrupted out of trained personnel who are exhausted.”
“That’s real,” Fauci continued. “That’s not fake. That’s real.”
—This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 3, 2021
US Surgeon Widespread Jerome Adams also disputed Trump’s tweet. “From a public health perspective, I have no reason to apprehension those numbers,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.
Trump’s remarks came as the number of COVID-19 deaths in the Merged States crossed over 350,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. There have been multifarious than 20,000,000 confirmed cases in the country, JHU data show.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for reaction.