President Donald Trump tried to recast the second surge in coronavirus deaths as an achievement for the US, highlighting an uptick in death rates in the United States because of the continuation of COVID-19 pandemic during an interview with Axios aired Monday.
Trump dined down for an interview with the outlet’s Jonathan Swan on July 28, who pressed Trump on figures that revealed a dramatic increase in the daily death toll connected to cases of coronavirus.
During a tense exchange of words between the two, Swan questioned Trump about the increase in average death rates that started in July as tens of thousands of Americans tested positive for the COVID-19 each day amid sweeping reopening measures around the country.
Those new cases reached more than 75,000 a day on July 16, and while average daily infection rates have since begun to reject, at the time of the interview the seven-day average for announced deaths had gone up to more than 1,100 per day.
Those averages continued to increase in the days before the interview broadcasted, and more than 155,000 people have now died across the country since the pandemic started.
Florida’s death rate has actually drastically risen in recent weeks and the state set and exceeded daily records for fatalities quite a number of times last week following the president’s interview.
Trump correctly said that current death rates in the U.S. are not near a peak seen in April when more than 2,000 people were dying each day, but the numbers did decrease during several weeks of shutdown measures across the country before increasing again last month.
President Donald Trump has frequently moved to recast bleak figures that show the ongoing crisis due to the pandemic, allegedly claiming, without proof, that the U.S. had more cases because the country was testing more. The U.S. has seen more than 22% of the planet’s coronavirus fatalities.
Trump has been forced to notice some of the influence of the pandemic in recent weeks, canceling most of the Republican National Convention events set to occur in Florida this month and finally wearing a mask in public while encouraging his supporters to do the same.
.@jonathanvswan: “Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the U.S. is really bad. Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc.”@realdonaldtrump: “You can’t do that.”
Swan: “Why can’t I do that?” pic.twitter.com/MStySfkV39
— Axios (@axios) August 4, 2020
But in spite of the shifts in messaging, during the interview Monday the Trump once again allegedly said the U.S. was only noticing an uptick in positive cases because of more testing.