According to a report in the Washington Times, the number of Americans dying from COVID-19 has been falling for weeks, a statistic that has not gone unnoticed by the White House. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Monday that the fatality rate — the ratio between confirmed deaths and confirmed cases — is well below that of France, the United Kingdom and Germany. This seems to be in line with what President Donald Trump has been saying over the weekend about the Covid-19 numbers, despite what the mainstream media has been willing to report.
“The president is not downplaying the severity of the virus,” she said at a press briefing. “What the president is noting is that at the height of this pandemic we were at 2,500 deaths per day. We are now at a place where on July 4 there were 254. That’s a tenfold decrease in mortality.”
She said that the number of deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday was 209, which was down 23% from the previous week. “What the president was pointing to, and I’m glad you brought it up, was a factual statement, one that is rooted in science and one that was pointing out the fact that mortality in the country is very low."
Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an update Friday noting that the death rates from pneumonia, influenza and COVID-19 have dropped for 10 straight weeks, from 9.0% in week 25 to 5.9% in week 26 and almost reaching the point at which the outbreak would no longer be considered an epidemic.
While President Donald Trump has been accused of downplaying the spike to boost his reelection chances, media outlets have been charged with hyping the uptick in the caseload without offering perspective on the declining death toll.