Saturday, May 02, 2020

Trump Claimed More Than Two Weeks Ago That The US Had "Passed The Peak" Of New COVID Cases. He Was Completely Wrong.

On April 15, Donald Trump said the worst was over for new cases of COVID-19 in the US.
While we must remain vigilant ... the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases.
New cases were "declining" in New York and "flat" in Denver and Detroit, he said, while Baltimore and Philadelphia were "showing great signs of success".

That same day, the US set a record with 2,631 deaths. That mark was topped on April 21, with 2,683 deaths.

April 15 saw 30,521 new cases. Two days later, the number of new cases jumped to 32,368. One week after that (on April 24), there were 38,958 new cases, and 35,419 the following day.

The numbers dipped again (never lower than 23,000, though) before shooting up on April 30 (30,829) and May 1 (36,007).

There have been more than 2,000 US deaths on nine of the 16 days since Trump's statement, including 2,470 this past Tuesday (the fifth-highest total during the pandemic).

Like everything else Trump has said during his presidency, his claim that cases had peaked more than two weeks ago was pure horseshit.

Here are the daily confirmed cases for the US in April. Trump's "peak" is in the middle of that line.

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