Coronavirus News: July 29 – Trump Claims Much of U.S. is ‘Corona Free’

By Anna Breuer on 29 July 2020
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Just as the death toll from Covid-19 was about to reach 150,000 in the United States, President Trump claimed that much of the United States is free of the coronavirus and lamented that his approval ratings are lower than such officials as Dr. Anthony Fauci.  “You can look at large portions of our country – it’s corona-free,” he said at a press briefing, even though outbreaks in 21 states have placed them in the “red zone” due to the severity and 28 additional states are in the “yellow zone.” Only one state, Vermont, is in the “green zone” and relatively free of the virus at the present time.

President Trump continued earlier in the week to publicly tout the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment, despite scientific research that has shown no benefit of the drug for coronavirus patients.

The coronavirus is spreading through some cities in Vietnam, where the pandemic had previously been under control, health officials there said. Vietnam had taken immediate action in the initial days of the epidemic, after it had emerged in China.  The country cancelled international flights and closed schools.  Masks were universally worn.

California, Texas, and Florida reported record-high daily death tolls Wednesday, just as the death toll in the United States continued to averaged over 1,000 in recent days, the highest level since early June.

Numerous new cases of the coronavirus are being linked to large gatherings, from a large house party in Michigan and a family gathering in Texas.

Meanwhile, Representative Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican, said he tested positive for the coronavirus just ahead of a planned trip with President Trump on Air Force One. The congressman has frequently refused to wear a mask in the Capitol, where he actively participated in recent hearings, and the news gave other lawmakers pause.

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