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Politics Trump kept on declaring the US is 'rounding the turn' on COVID-19, even as it recorded its 2 worst-ever days of infections

13:15  25 october  2020
13:15  25 october  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Trump celebrates the declining COVID death rate as infections spike and says we are ' rounding He told supporters that the US was ' rounding the turn ' in dealing with COVID - 19 The president's son, Barron Trump , 14, contracted COVID - 19 , as did his mother

Donald Trump insisted that the US is “ turning the corner” on the coronavirus pandemic as the nation broke its highest single- day infection record with States reported at least 5,300 Covid - 19 deaths since last Thursday, an increase of more than 10 per cent week over week, according to The COVID

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at the Waukesha County Airport on October 24, 2020 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Scott Olson/Getty Images © Scott Olson/Getty Images President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at the Waukesha County Airport on October 24, 2020 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Scott Olson/Getty Images
  • President Donald Trump again asserted that the US is overcoming the coronavirus on Saturday — despite data showing the opposite.
  • "Now we got to have spirit, our country. We're rounding the turn, our numbers are incredible," Trump told rallygoers in North Carolina, repeating a phrase he has used often.
  • On Friday and Saturday the US marked a new milestone in the pandemic, recording around 83,700 new cases of COVID-19 each day, far surpassing the previous record from July.
  • Experts warn that as the country is heading into winter, it is entering its third, and likely deadliest, coronavirus surge.
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President Donald Trump told supporters that "we're rounding the turn" on the coronavirus, a phrase he has used repeatedly despite an unprecedented surge in infections.

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Trump made the assertion at a rally in Lumberton, North Carolina, on Saturday. As he spoke, the US had just recorded 83,757 new COVID-19 infections for Friday October 23, according to data from John Hopkins University.

As of early Sunday, figures show that Saturday October 24 brought a similar total — 83,718.

The figures set a new record for a single day of infections in the US, surpassing the previous high of around 77,300 on July 16.

"Now we got to have spirit, our country. We're doing great, we're rounding the turn, our numbers are incredible," Trump told the crowd.

Watch the moment below:

Experts have said the country is entering its third and likely, deadliest surge in COVID-19 cases even though deaths have not yet risen as dramatically.

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"My worry is that we're just going to be completely overwhelmed," Megan Ranney, an emergency-medicine physician at Brown University, previously told Business Insider.

"Even if we do better on a case-by-case basis, I think that the number of deaths that we're going to experience this fall and winter is going to dwarf what we've already been through."

In total, the US has reported more than 8.5 million cases so far and almost 225,000 deaths, according to the JHU tracker.

Trump has repeatedly used the phrase "rounding the turn" — or variations of it — over the last two months when referring to the coronavirus pandemic, even as the numbers worsened.

He even deployed the phrase during Thursday's second presidential debate, when he said: "We're rounding the corner. It's going away."

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Covid - 19 isn’t the flu. Trump ’s comparison is reckless. The upbeat assessments marked a positive turn after Democrats blocked the rescue bill earlier in the day . Some lawmakers had hoped to reach an agreement three days ago, but talks kept breaking down even as they negotiated throughout the

“ We ’re beginning to see a leveling.” “ It only becomes a trend if every one of us continues to take He added that he still would be reluctant to declare premature victory over a virus whose spread has Leaders in both parties have pivoted in recent days toward the idea of taking quick action on a fourth

The president's comments come as new infections have also been reported in the White House.

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, and Marty Obst, a top advisor to Pence, both have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his office announced on Saturday.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short in 2018. William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Images © William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Images Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short in 2018. William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Pence's office said the vice president had been in close contact with Short, but that he would not quarantine and continue to keep traveling and holding rallies in the week running up to the election.

Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, both tested negative for the virus on Saturday and "and remain in good health," a spokesperson told AP.

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