Trump: 'Virus Cases Up,' But 'Deaths Are Down'

By Susan Jones | July 6, 2020 | 11:35am EDT
A healthcare worker in New York City takes a nasal swab sample to test for the coronavirus. (Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker in New York City takes a nasal swab sample to test for the coronavirus. (Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)

( - "New China Virus Cases up (because of massive testing), deaths are down, “low and steady”. The Fake News Media should report this," President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday.

According to the latest data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36,255,888 COVID-19 tests have been reported to the CDC as of July 5, Sunday.

Of those, 3,282,484, or 9 percent, showed positive results.

The positivity percentages were significantly higher in certain "hot spot" counties, including some in south Florida, Texas, and Arizona.

As of July 4, the CDC was reporting 52,228 new COVID cases, down from the July 3 daily new-case record of 57,718. But the number of deaths attributed to COVID on July 4 was 271, only 0.52 percent of the new cases reported.

CDC notes that the first COVID-19 case in the U.S. was reported on January 22, 2020. Since then, the CDC counts 2,841,906 total cases in the United States, or 867 cases per 100,000 people.

Of the 2.8 million-plus cases reported in the U.S., CDC said the total number of COVID-related deaths -- that is, deaths "attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19" -- was 129,576 , or 4.55 percent.

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday:

We are aware of these rising number of cases, particularly in the Sunbelt.

But we are in a fundamentally different place now than we were in March and April. And let me just give you an example regarding therapeutics. We now have tools for those providers to actually use, Remdesivir, steroids.

And let me tell you also about convalescent plasma, because that is a treatment that we're looking at across the country. More than 28,000 Americans have received it. That's where you take the plasma from someone who's recovered and give that natural immunity to someone who is currently sick. We're looking at whether that's effective or not. It appears to be safe.

And one thing I'd like, again, to tell your -- your viewing public. If you've been -- if you've had COVID-19, you have an opportunity to give back by contacting your Red Cross, by contacting a local plasma center and -- and donating. It could save a life.

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Hahn refused to speculate on what's causing the COVID-19 spike in certain Sunbelt states.

He also refused to comment on President Trump's claim, made at the White House on July 4, that "99 percent" of coronavirus cases "are totally harmless."

"Is the president wrong?" CNN's Dana Bash asked Hahn:

"So, I'm not going to get into who is right and who is wrong," Hahn said.

"What I have going to say, Dana, is what I have said before, which is that it's a serious problem that we have. We have seen the surge in cases. We must do something to stem the tide. And we have this in our power to do it by following the guidance from the White House task force and the CDC."

He added that "this is a serious problem," and "people need to take it seriously."

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