The White House on Monday claimed that the U.S. has been “a leader” in the global fight against coronavirus, despite confirmed infections now approaching 3 million, with more than 130,000 deaths, and the country setting a new record for the highest number of new daily cases reported in the world.
With the majority of U.S. states reporting major increases in new cases, a reporter asked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “European countries, and now the UK, are starting to open for touring visitors, but the U.S. is still banned. How do you think the world is looking at the United States right now?”
“I think the world is looking at us as a leader in COVID-19,” McEnany said, “because the chart I showed you, where you have mortality rate — and Italy and UK up here and across Europe, and you have the United States at a low case mortality rate — it’s because of the extraordinary work that we’ve done on therapeutics and getting PPE and leading on ventilators and having excess ventilators that we were able to deploy around the world and help other countries. So that’s what I would have to say on COVID.”
REPORTER: "How do you think the world is looking at the United States right now?"@PressSec: "I think the world is looking at us as a leader in COVID-19."
130,000 Americans have died in five months. The U.S. leads the world in coronavirus cases and deaths. pic.twitter.com/Tepkuyzfnu
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Parts of Arizona, Florida and Texas have rolled back their state’s economic reopenings due to surges in Covid-19 infections.
All three states reopened swiftly this spring, and local officials are now attributing an explosion of cases to those early decisions.