Democrats slam Trump as White House downplays spike in virus cases

Monday, 29 Jun, 2020

"We can still take some comfort in the fact that fatalities are declining", Pence said, pointing out that this week there were two days when fewer than 300 Americans died, down from a peak of more than 2,500.

Texas has become a hot spot for coronaviruses in recent weeks, forcing Republican Governor Greg Abbott to issue an executive order limiting certain businesses and services to prevent further spread of the community, a reversal of Texas' early reopening plan. That's an increase of over 5,000 from the previous day.

The U.S.is setting single-day records for cases, which is due in part to increased testing but has come with increased hospitalizations and high percentages of people testing positive in some counties.

This is a moment when Trump's power to reach the country could be helpful in reversing the virus' unsafe new trend. But he also used the event to tout what he said have been successful administration initiatives to minimize the damage of the virus, even as the country has not suppressed the virus as other countries in Europe and Asia have successfully done.

With Florida a crucial state in the 2020 presidential election, Pence will bring his "Faith in America" tour to an 11:30 a.m. July 2 appearance at the Sarasota Event Center, according to an announcement Thursday by President Donald Trump's campaign.

German authorities renewed a lockdown in a western region of about 500,000 people in the past week after about 1,300 slaughterhouse workers tested positive for COVID-19. Worldwide, the virus has claimed close to a half-million lives with almost 10 million cases.

He said that the United States is "in a much better place" than it was two months ago, noting the country has more medical supplies on hand now, a smaller share of patients are being hospitalized, and deaths are much lower than they were in the spring.

"We still have work to do", Pence said. "Because if you get infected, you are part, innocently or inadvertently, of propagating the dynamic process of the pandemic".

"A risk for you is not just isolated for you", Fauci warned young people Friday.

A CBS News reporter prompt Friday to Pence at a push briefing of the coronavirus undertaking pressure that the campaign was "part of the problem" battling COVID-19 for the reason that no a person wears masks or practices safe social distancing to assist control the unfold of the condition.

This decision comes one week after President Trump held a large indoor campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla.

The vice president deflected the questions by invoking the First Amendment guarantees of free speech and peaceable assembly, as well as the conservative tenet of individual liberty.