More than 85,000 Americans dead from COVID-19 even as Trump brags “America leads the world in testing”

More than 85,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, even as President Donald Trump continues to celebrate testing.

In the past two days alone, at least 3300 American deaths were recorded, according to the latest data.

As of 7.25 a.m. on Thursday, at least 85,197 people had died from COVID-19 in the United States, according to the latest tally.

The data also shows 1,430,348 people had contracted the coronavirus in the United States as of Thursday morning while 310,259 COVID-19 patients had recovered.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of Americans dead from COVID-19 could be higher.

Testing remains limited and the real death toll could be much worse.

The Washington Post reported on May 2 that “the United States recorded an estimated 37,100 excess deaths as the novel coronavirus spread across the country in March and the first two weeks of April, nearly 13,500 more than are now attributed to covid-19 for that same period, according to an analysis of federal data conducted for The Washington Post by a research team led by the Yale School of Public Health.”

“The Yale team’s analysis suggests that the number of excess deaths accelerated as the pandemic took hold. There were 16,600 estimated excess deaths just in the week of April 5 to April 11, compared with 20,500 over the prior five weeks,” The Post added.

Despite the catastrophic death toll in the United States, the worst in the world under the leadership of President Donald Trump, at virtually all interactions with the media, the President has emphasized testing and bragged that America was leading the world in testing.

The Johns Hopkins University data center reported on Thursday morning that about 9.9 million tests had been conducted in the United States. Health experts have said that is a tiny fraction of what is really needed in a country with more than 325 million people.

And although President Trump has been celebrating testing as one of his biggest achievements during the still raging pandemic, “Senator Mitt Romney on Tuesday admonished the Trump administration for touting its coronavirus testing operation in recent days after weeks of missteps, accusing the White House’s testing czar of playing politics,” noted a report in Politico.

On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institute of Health, warned that rushing to reopen the country without following the guidelines laid out by the CDC could lead to suffering and needless deaths.

But in an interview broadcast on Fox News on Thursday, President Trump said those who want to keep the country closed want to hurt his re-election chances.

“Yeah, I do, I do. I think it’s a political thing,” Trump said when asked about that prospect during an interview on the Fox Business Network in which he emphasized his view that it’s time for governors to move forward with reopening their states, according to The Washington Post.

“The people that want to see the right thing happen, they agree with me,” Trump said. “We have to get our country open. You know, if it was up to some people, ‘Let’s keep it closed for a long time, okay, a long time, and watch the United States go down the tubes.’ Not going to happen. Never going to happen on my watch.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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