US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference amid the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, August 8, 2020.
Joshua Roberts | Reuters
President Donald Trump on Monday urged Americans to stop politicizing the coronavirus, blaming the outbreak in the United States that followed China.
“We have to stop politicizing the virus, but instead have to agree on how this virus came to America, how it came to the world,”; Trump said during a press conference at the White House about coronavirus epidemic. “And we will find it and we will find out and we are very angry about that.”
A moment later, Trump blamed China while discussing the extension of the pandemic displacement. He signed an executive order on Saturday extending federal protections from deportation after the suspension expired in late July.
“It’s not their fault. The virus is from China. It’s China’s fault,” he said.
Using a term related to race, Trump also claimed nearly half of all deaths in the United States from “Chinese virus” are in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, this virus appeared from Wuhan, China, more than 20 million people around the world ago and killed at least 732,128 people. Hopkins data shows that the US is the worst outbreak of the disease in the world with more than 5 million cases and at least 162,950 deaths.
Trump has repeatedly blamed China for the pandemic and exacerbated it in the US, saying that China soon hid the extent of its outbreak.
However, public health experts argue that the Trump administration is not acting quickly to stop the virus, lack of coordinated response between the federal and state governments, and early mistakes in testing are The leading reason why America has so many cases of the disease.
Trump also greeted on Monday about the nation’s progress with the pandemic, saying US health officials are continuing to see “encouraging signs.” He said incidence rates continued to decline in Florida and Texas as well as hospital admissions. The United States continues to track states in the Midwest, which have seen rate increases
“I want to say that by the end of a very short period of time, we will be in good shape in this country,” he said.