Fauci rejects Trump claim that U.S. coronavirus deaths overcounted

Two top American health officials disputed a claim by President Trump that data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. is overblown.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said, “The deaths are real deaths,” adding jam-packed hospitals and stressed-out healthcare workers are “not fake. That’s real.”

Fauci and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams defended the accuracy of coronavirus data published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after Trump attacked the agency’s tabulation methods.

Trump said on Twitter Sunday that the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. is “far exaggerated because of the CDC’s ridiculous method of determination compared to other countries, many of whom report, purposely, very inaccurately and low.”

Trump has frequently downplayed the severity of the pandemic, scorning and ignoring recommendations for containing the spread.

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