Washington, May 11 (efe-epa).- United States President Donald Trump said Monday that his country imposed itself in the battle against the coronavirus and that the number of those affected is falling, despite deaths there having surpassed 80,000 and contagions 1.3 million.
At a press conference to highlight advances in the production and distribution of coronavirus tests in the US, Trump said his country has saved hundreds of thousands of lives in the fight against COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
He said the United States has accepted the task and the country had lived up to the task.
The claim drew comparisons on Twitter to the “mission accomplished” statement proclaimed in May 2003 by then-President George W. Bush, referring to the invasion of Iraq, despite the fact that the war would still last for many more years.
Asked later on the matter, Trump said in 76he was referring to the acceleration in the production and distribution of tests against the coronavirus, although he made that statement in a context that had nothing to do with the tests but rather with the efforts of the United States. for Save lives.
Trump’s statement came shortly after the United States crossed the 80,000-death barrier from COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.
In addition, the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Assessments, whose projections the White House has drawn heavily on, estimates that the United States will have topped 137,000 deaths in early August.
Asked about that projection, Trump opined that “many of those models are wrong,” and at the same press conference he stressed that “the numbers are falling a lot throughout the country,” something that does not agree with the data.
Although the daily increase in the number of deaths has stabilized and the University of Washington expects that indicator to drop until August, the number of infections continues to rise and this Sunday alone registered 20,000 new cases in the United States.
Trump also announced that he expects the United States to pass the 10 million tests carried out this week and boasted that his country is the one that has carried out the most tests for coronavirus so far, although, when examined in terms of per capita, it lags behind less than Italy, Germany and Canada.
The president repeatedly insisted people can get tested in the USb if they wish to, despite the number of tests carried out so far barely covers 3 percent of the population and are only being done for those who show symptoms.
Trump also stressed that he is unhappy with China and not interested in renegotiating the terms of a partial trade agreement with the country in light of the economic effect of the pandemic. EFE-EPA