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Trump says COVID-19 death toll would be lower if you don't count the most densely populated 'blue' states

Posted On: Sep 16, 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Trump says COVID-19 death toll would be lower if you don't count the most densely populated 'blue' states

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US President Donald Trump praised his response to the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, defining success as nearly 200,000 dead Americans - up from the 60,000 he predicted in April, and the 100,000 he predicted in May - and argued the death toll would be lower if it excluded the most densely populated, "blue" states.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Trump stood before a chart of one of the earliest, most dire death toll projections: 2.2 million people in the US killed by COVID-19, provided that no federal or state action were taken to mitigate the threat.
"That's quite a difference: two million," Trump said, as reported by Mediate .
He also pointed to the fact that the current US death toll, of just over 196,000, is within the range of 100,000 and 240,000 total deaths that White House officials circulated earlier in the year.
But the pandemic is far from over. The US Centers for Disease Control projects that as many as 217,000 people will be dead by Oct. 3. Researchers at the...

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