Bill Gates dismisses Trump's claim that COVID-19 cases are rising only because of increased testing as 'completely false'
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
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Bill Gates told CNN on Thursday that the US was "not even close" to doing enough to combat the spread of the corona virus.
Gates also dismissed President Donald Trump's recent claim that the number of cases only increased due to increased testing, calling it "completely wrong."
He added that the US would not be complacent before the fall if transmission rates were likely to increase.
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Bill Gates believes the US is lagging far behind in its response to the coronavirus.
Speaking to CNN on Thursday, billionaire Microsoft's co-founder said the US is "not even close" to doing enough to fight the virus.
"The United States had a hard time," said Gates. "We are not that hard to track down contacts or quarantine, and mask wear is much lower in the United States than in Asia, especially."
The United States has reported more than 2.3 million COVID-19 infections and more than 122,000 deaths. However, the numbers this week were particularly worrying as a record number of new infections were reported in one day on both Wednesday and Thursday.
"The global picture and the picture in the US are darker than I expected," said Gates. He also dismissed President Donald Trump's recent claim that the number of cases only increased because the United States had tested more people, calling it "completely wrong." Epidemiologists have also said that increased testing does not fully explain the US transmission spikes.
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Gates added that the US cannot afford complacency after the summer. "May would have been much worse if the virus hadn't been a bit seasonal, so we now know that we will benefit from the summer," he said. "And so the infectious power will deteriorate in autumn, all the more reason not to make our behavior completely negligent." Recent research suggests that the infection rate could slow down in the summer. However, experts have pointed out that warm weather does not completely prevent the virus from spreading.
Gates said the "range of behaviors" in response to the crisis - some people are wary, others "ignored" the pandemic - is "huge."
"Some people almost feel like it's a political thing, which is unfortunate," he said.
Gates has pledged $ 250 million to fight the virus through its philanthropic arm, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has historically specialized in responding to infectious diseases.
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