Two days after the US recorded its first case of coronavirus, Donald Trump said the situation was “totally under control” and assured the public it was “going to be just fine”.
The BBC reports states that the virus has spread across all 50 states, leaving a death toll of 100,000 from more than 1.6 million confirmed cases.
The death toll in the US became the highest in the world in early April and has risen dramatically since then.
President Donald Trump initially said “50 to 60,000” people could die during the outbreak but in May he said he was hopeful the toll would be lower than 100,000. That benchmark has now been hit though and there are still about 1,000 deaths a day on average.
President Trump has preferred to cite the mortality rate – that is the number of people that have died relative to the country’s population – as evidence that the US has dealt with the virus more effectively than some other nations.
ABC News report from Memorial Weekend –