A new White House report suggests that the U.S. may have over 100,000 new COVID 19 cases a day this week, with President Donald Trump saying the nation is “making the rounds” with the novel virus.
The internal report was written by Dr. Deborah Brix, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, as reported by the Washington Post, which received the report.
“We are entering the most worrying and deadly phase of this pandemic … which is leading to rising mortality,” Brix wrote in the report, the Post said. “This is not about lockdowns – since March or April, it has not been about lockdowns. It is about an aggressive, balanced approach that is not being implemented.
According to the Post, the report contradicts many of the things Trump has continued to do during the pandemic, such as holding large campaign rallies, and notes that the U.S. is currently entering a treacherous phase and expects more than 100,000 new COVID cases per day this week.
According to a tracker at Johns Hopkins University, there are currently over 9.2 million cases of the novel coronavirus and at least 231,510 deaths across the United States.
The report, which the Post Office received, comes after Trump said that the USA is “making the rounds” with the novel virus. The president made this comment during the final presidential debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
The president made similar remarks on several other occasions, including two campaign rallies – one in Nevada in August and one in Pennsylvania in September.
In addition to Brix’s report, which contradicts Trump, several other medical professionals have made similar comments contradicting the president’s words.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost expert on infectious diseases, spoke to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell in early September about Trump’s claims and said, “I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with that because, if you look at the matter you just mentioned, the statistics, Andrea, they are disturbing.
During a recent interview with the BBC, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked if the U.S. is “getting back on track”, to which he replied, “No, it’s not.
“I mean, I think if you just look at the numbers, you can have an opinion about what’s going on, but the data speaks for itself,” Fauci said. “Yesterday we had over 70,000 additional cases in one day and we had about 100, oh, I would say about a thousand deaths, excuse me, a thousand deaths”.
Washington Newsday turned to the White House for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.