The US has passed the bitter mark of 200,000 deaths from the corona pandemic. President Trump’s response is a renewed attack on China: authorities there had “let go of the disease.”
After crossing the 200,000 deaths in the US corona pandemic, US President Donald Trump has once again blamed China for spreading the virus. “The Chinese should have stopped it at their border, they should never have let it spread around the world,” Trump said at the White House on Tuesday evening (local time). The 200,000 dead are “terrible”. Without its administration’s crisis management, the US would have “two million, two and a half million, and three million” dead.
“We’ve saved millions of lives,” Trump said during a campaign appearance in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “They let the disease out,” the president added, referring to China. “It’s the China virus, not the coronavirus. Corona sounds like a place in Italy, a beautiful place. It’s Corona. No, it’s the China virus, they don’t want to say it, you know, radical left, they don’t want to say it. “
On Tuesday morning, Trump had already made serious allegations against China in the general debate of the United Nations. “We must hold to account the nation that has unleashed this scourge on the world – China,” Trump said in his video message to the UN General Assembly.
The corona pandemic also determines the US election campaign
The number of deaths in the US since the outbreak of the corona pandemic had risen to more than 200,000 on Tuesday, according to data from the University of Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. The threshold of 150,000 victims was reached at the end of July. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 6.8 million infections with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen have been confirmed in the United States. Critics accuse Republican Trump of trying to distract from his own failure in the fight against the pandemic with his escalating attacks on China ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
Trump’s presidential challenger, Democrat Joe Biden, said, “We need a president who can honestly face the problem and lead the way. This president has proven that he cannot do both.” Biden also criticized a Trump statement during a Monday night campaign rally in Ohio, where the president said, “It affects virtually no one,” with the virus and the youth in mind.
House spokeswoman, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, accused Trump of “deadly disinformation and negligence.” The fact that so many people died is all the more heartbreaking because it didn’t have to be that way. “The president’s disregard for science, governance and the health of the American people has led to a historic national tragedy,” said Pelosi.
This is how the corona situation globally compares
The number of victims in the US, a country of 330 million people, is in absolute terms the highest in the world to date. Brazil is currently in second place with more than 137,000 dead, followed by India with about 89,000 victims. However, relative to the number of inhabitants, the number of victims is higher in Peru, Belgium and Spain than in the US. For example, in Peru, according to Johns Hopkins, about 98 people per 100,000 people died, in Belgium 87, in Spain 65. In the US, the figure so far was 61 people per 100,000 people, comparable to Italy (59). On the other hand, there are only 11 deaths per 10,000 inhabitants in Germany so far.
The pathogen Sars-CoV-2 can cause Covid-19 disease, which can be life-threatening, especially for elderly or immunocompromised people. The number of new corona infections per day in the US remains at a high level. Recently, about 40,000 confirmed new infections were reported every day – sometimes more, sometimes less. According to experts, that number would have to be brought below 10,000 to get the pandemic under control.
Given the devastating results, the presidential election should also become a vote on the fight against the pandemic. Several polls have shown that most voters rather than Trump have faith in former Vice President Biden to get the pandemic under control. Biden has also been months ahead of Trump in national polls. But much can change before Election Day – and national surveys are of limited informational value due to the complex electoral system.