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Trump claims coronavirus is ‘under control’ despite record-high cases

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 7/2/2020 Cassidy Morrison
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President Trump said Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic is “under control” while Sun Belt states report daily records in new case counts and the United States nears 2.7 million cases.

“[China and Europe are] getting under control, and we are likewise getting under control,” Trump said during a Thursday press briefing.

Meanwhile, the U.S. reported a record-high number of coronavirus cases Wednesday: 52,789. Despite warnings that the pandemic will worsen from top government infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, Trump insisted that renewed outbreaks in Southern states will be short-lived.

“Some areas that were very hard-hit are now doing very well. Some were doing very well, and we thought [the virus] may be gone, or they flare up, we're putting out the fires,” he said.

California, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, and Georgia broke their previous single-day records for new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. Death rates and hospitalizations are climbing, compelling hospital systems in states such as Texas and Arizona to prepare for a surge that would require more beds to be added to emergency departments when the intensive care units fill up.

Trump said Wednesday that the coronavirus is “going to sort of just disappear.”

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