The death toll in the United States due to Covid-19 has crossed the 100,000 mark even as more and more states decided to dilute the physical distancing norms and open up their economies.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the death toll has now reached 100,442 in the US. Globally, over 355,000 deaths due to this virus have been reported. The US remains the worst affected state.
US President Donald Trump brazened it out and said that the US would have reported a greater number of cases had it not been for his administration.
For all of the political hacks out there, if I hadn’t done my job well, & early, we would have lost 1 1/2 to 2 Million People, as opposed to the 100,000 plus that looks like will be the number. That’s 15 to 20 times more than we will lose. I shut down entry from China very early!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
He tweeted: “For all the political hacks out there, if I hadn’t done my job well and early, we would have lost 1 ½ to 2 million people, as opposed to the 100,000 plus that looks like will be the number. That’s 15 to 20 times more than we lose. I shut down entry from China early.”
He also lashed out at the various state governors and pointed out that it was the Federal Government that provided all the medical equipments to them.
Trump had early in January said that the administration had got it under control and there was nothing to worry. He had talked about considering coronavirus “like the flu”.
Trump has been accused of a series of flip-flops and his political opponents have lashed out at his dealing of the situation.
The economy is in a state of shambles and the unemployment rate is at an all time high.