1,293 Dead: US Has Highest 1-Day Covid-19 Death Toll Since August

Topline
Despite President Trump’s recent contention that the United States is “rounding the corner” of the Covid-19 crisis, the virus claimed 1,293 lives in the U.S. on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University, which marks the country’s highest one-day total since Aug. 19, when 1,295 Americans perished.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press prior to his departure from the White … [+] House on September 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump was traveling to Philadelphia to participate in an ABC News town hall event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Key Facts

Speaking at a town-hall-style event in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, Trump denied that he has downplayed the threat of the coronavirus and declared “I really believe we’re rounding the corner, and I believe that strongly,” adding, “it’s going to disappear, I still say it.”

Last Thursday, during a press briefing at the White House, the president claimed, “we have rounded the final turn.”

In addition to the 1,293 fatalities, Johns Hopkins University reported that 39,617 Americans tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.

The U.S. is currently averaging 38,037 new daily Covid-19 cases over the past seven days, representing a 5% increase from the previous week.

Some 22 states have reported more infections this week compared to their case counts from last week.
As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 6,624,500 people in the U.S have contracted the coronavirus, and at least 196,000 have died, according to the New York Times database.

Big Number:
20%: Despite accounting for less than 5% of the world’s population, the United States has accounted for more than 20% of the world’s coronavirus deaths. 
Crucial Quote:
“I feel that we’ve done a tremendous job, actually,” Trump said Tuesday evening when asked about his administration’s response to the pandemic. “It’s something that I don’t think has been recognized like it should.” 
Key Background:
In an interview on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, President Trump claimed a vaccine for coronavirus could be approved “in a matter of weeks.” On Wednesday, Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told lawmakers that although a limited supply of the vaccine may be available by the end of 2020, it will not be “generally available” to the public until “late second quarter, third quarter 2021.” However, Trump declared Tuesday that Covid-19 would “disappear” even without a vaccine. “You’ll develop herd — like a herd mentality,” Trump explained. “It’s going to be — it’s going to be herd-developed, and that’s going to happen. That will all happen.” Yet, according to some health experts, approximately 200 million Americans would have to catch the coronavirus (which would likely result in millions of additional deaths) for the United States to achieve a herd immunity of 60%.
Tangent:
Redfield also doubled-down on the importance of face coverings Wednesday, asserting that masks are “the most important, powerful public health tool we have,” adding, “we have clear scientific evidence they work, and they are our best defense. I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against Covid than when I take a Covid vaccine.” On Tuesday, Trump once again diminished the importance of face coverings. “There are a lot of people who think that masks are not good,” the president stated. 
Further Reading:
Trump’s ‘Herd Mentality’ Gaffe Creates Anguish On The Left, ‘Ambush’ Accusations On The Right (Forbes) 
Despite Trump Claims, CDC Says Vaccine Won’t Be Widely Available Until Late 2021 (Forbes)
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