The record 6 million cases comes amid reports that officials from the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued guidance, not intended for the public, that directly contradicts the statements by Donald Trump and senior officials on the epidemic.
For example, on August 3, the president tweeted, “Cases in place because of BIG Testing! Much of our country is doing very well. Open schools! But the task force’s Aug. 9 report had actually “flagged 48 states and the District of Columbia to be in red or yellow zones” for epidemic risk.
Previously, the president had also reposted messages from online groups that rejected his administration’s tracking system, instead promoting a debunked conspiracy theory that the death toll from the virus could be around 9,000. in fact, some 185,000 people have died in the United States to date.
Members often attacked Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx, White House experts leading the task force response. Twitter deleted Trump’s tweet “because he was raping [their] Twitter Rules ”.
Instead, public health officials, including Fauci and Birx, highlighted the rise due to the reopening of schools, colleges and businesses. In an interview with CNN, Birx urged Americans to “do the right thing” by continuing to wear masks and to move away socially “because if [Americans] do the right thing today, we are entering the fall with a lot less cases ”.
But as states vary in their plans to reopen, the latest data supports some health officials who say the outbreak could slow in America. Across the country, new cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and the rate of positive tests have all declined. New daily cases have continued their downward trend since late July.
However, while the reported daily death rate remains well below its spring high, the total has more than doubled on average since early July. The United States is currently on track to reach a total of 200,000 people by mid-September.
Coronavirus cases in the United States remain incredibly higher than most of its global counterparts, accounting for nearly a quarter of the 25 million confirmed contractions worldwide.
As states call for increased federal support, the president has instead blamed four Democratic governors, including Andrew Cuomo of New York City, for their initial handling of the outbreak.
Trump even retweeted a message calling for the governor’s jail. Hours later, the governor responded by asserting that “the White House has learned nothing from Covid” and that “national threats require national leadership”.
“It’s been 6 months without a national strategy on testing or the mask warrant,” Cuomo tweeted. “Only the federal government has the power to go to war with Covid. They fail and the nation suffers. ”
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign and the surrogates continued to rotate messaging from dismissing critics of the administration’s response to the coronavirus to touting it as a success. The Twitter account of entrepreneur and prominent Republican Herman Cain downright downplayed the impact of the virus, although the businessman had died from the virus a few weeks earlier. The account is now managed by Cain’s estate and family.
“It appears the virus is not as deadly as the mainstream media first claimed,” the tweet read.
The former Republican presidential candidate died of coronavirus in July after being hospitalized in critical condition.
Cain contracted the virus after attending the June 20 presidential rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the weeks following his death, however, his Twitter account continued to post several times a day, ranging from debunked studies on the spread of the virus to criticism of Trump’s rival, Democrat Joe Biden.
Sunday’s tweet has since been deleted.