US doing ‘very properly’ in opposition to Covid, India has a ‘large drawback’: Trump

Washington, August 4

President Donald Trump has mentioned that as in comparison with huge nations, America is doing “very well” within the struggle in opposition to the Covid-19 pandemic, whereas India is having a “tremendous problem” battling the illness and China is witnessing a “massive flare-up” in infections.

India’s Covid tally elevated to 18,55,745 on Tuesday with 52,050 individuals testing constructive for coronavirus in a day.

China on Tuesday reported 36 new circumstances throughout the nation, down from 43 the day gone by. The nation’s Covid circumstances crossed the 100-mark on July 29, for the primary time in over three months, sparking the concern of a rebound.

“I think we’re doing very well. I think that we have done as well as any nation. If you really look, if you take a look at what’s going on, especially now with all these flare-ups and nations that they were talking about,” Trump instructed reporters at a information convention right here on Monday.

As such, in comparison with bigger nations, the US is doing a lot better within the struggle in opposition to the coronavirus, he mentioned.

“Don’t forget, we’re much bigger than–other than India and China. China is having a massive flare-up right now. India has a tremendous problem. Other countries have problems,” he mentioned in response to a query.

“And I noticed that in the news, in the evening news, I never read about that. In any news, I don’t read about the other countries. You’re starting to see that other countries are having very big flare-ups, countries that thought they were over it, like we thought we might be over in Florida, and then all of a sudden it comes back. They do come back,” he mentioned.

The US is the worst-hit nation from the pandemic with over 4.7 million circumstances and greater than 155,000 deaths.

The US, Trump mentioned, had examined over 60 million individuals for coronavirus.

“No other country is even close to that. We’ve tested 60 million people – in many cases about 50 per cent, now rapid fire, meaning five to 15 to 20-minute tests where you get the results almost immediately. Nobody has anything like that. Nobody. And I think we’re just doing very well,” he mentioned.

Trump mentioned the US is starting to see proof of serious progress. Nationwide, the variety of constructive circumstances has declined by practically six per cent from the week earlier than, and the constructive take a look at charge has additionally dropped from 8.7 per cent to eight per cent over that very same time period.

“Hotspots across the South and West; we have seen slow improvements from their recent weekly peaks,” he mentioned, including that Arizona’s weekly case counts have dropped 37 per cent that may be a large drop and the governor and the state have executed a improbable job down 37 per cent, Texas down 18.7 per cent, and Florida 21.2 per cent drop.

“As we begin to contain the virus in these states, we must focus on new flare-ups in the states where the case numbers have risen, including Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Missouri, and I think you will find that they are soon going to be very much under control,” he mentioned.

Meanwhile, 18 states proceed to have very low case numbers and low take a look at positivity charges beneath 5 per cent, together with New Jersey, New York, Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland and  Massachusetts.

Even in these states, nonetheless, the place the virus is beneath management and at a really low quantity, Americans ought to proceed to be vigilant, watch out with a view to forestall the brand new hotspots from opening up, he mentioned.

“To that end, I urge all Americans to continue to socially distance, wash your hands, wear a mask when you cannot avoid crowded places and to protect the elderly very, very important, protect the elderly. It is much different….,” Trump mentioned.

It is vital for all Americans to recognise {that a} everlasting lockdown just isn’t a viable path in direction of producing the outcomes that one needs or definitely not a viable path ahead and would finally inflict extra hurt than it could forestall, he mentioned.

“As we are seeing in foreign countries around the world where cases are once again surging, you have many places where we thought they were under control doing a great job, and they are doing a great job, but this is a very tough invisible enemy. Lockdowns do not prevent infection in the future. They just don’t. It comes back many times…,” he mentioned.

The function of a lockdown is to purchase time to construct capability in hospitals, study extra concerning the illness and develop efficient therapies, he asserted.

“We are doing very well with the vaccines and the therapeutic. Countries, where there have been very significant flare-ups over the last short period of time, are Spain, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, and also, as you probably heard in Hong Kong, they have had some very serious flare-ups. Japan has gone a lot of – six-fold, six-fold flareup, that’s a lot, but they will get it under control,” he mentioned.

“In our present part, we should deal with defending these at highest danger whereas permitting youthful and more healthy Americans to renew work and college with cautious precautions. Ideally, we wish to open these faculties. We wish to open them.

“At the identical time, we’re putting an emphasis on persevering with to drive down the mortality charge with improved care, remedy and medical interventions constructing a bridge to the introduction of a vaccine. The vaccines are coming alongside extremely properly,” Trump mentioned. PTI

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