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Trump criticizes Covid lockdowns and falsely claims US 'doing very well'

Added 08-03-20 11:09:02pm EST - “President says US has done ?as well as any nation' as country passes 4.7m cases, more than a quarter of global total” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Trump criticizes Covid lockdowns and falsely claims US 'doing very well'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President says US has done ‘as well as any nation’ as country passes 4.7m cases, more than a quarter of global total

Donald Trump used his White House coronavirus press conference on Monday to repeat his opposition to lockdowns as a means of bringing the contagion under control, claiming falsely that under his leadership the US has done “as well as any nation”.

On a day that the US had surpassed 4.7m confirmed cases of infection – more than a quarter of the global total – Trump tried to deflect criticism of his administration’s handling of the pandemic on to other countries.

He cited Spain, Germany, France, Australia and Japan as countries experiencing “significant flare ups” as the virus surges again. In fact, while Australia and Japan are experiencing renewed surges, their total incidence of disease remains a fraction of the catastrophe now sweeping across the US.

In Germany, the total number of confirmed cases stands at 212,000, with fewer than 1,000 new cases per day. By comparison, new cases in the US are beginning to plateau but at an extremely high level of about 60,000 a day.

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