Trump claims Florida ‘doing well’ as cases pass 1.25m with death toll nearly seven times that of Japan
A masked family walks past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Monday, December 21, 2020. Disney's Florida parks are currently 35% busy due to the Covid-19 pandemic (AP)
Donald Trump, who spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago Florida residence, falsely claimed that the state is "doing fine" amid the coronavirus pandemic, while states with democratic governors are "absolutely ruining the lives of so many people" by strictly blocking dimensions.
More than 1.2 million Covid-19 infections have been reported in Florida, of which Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is a staunch ally of Trump.
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On December 26, the president said in a post on Twitter that “bans in Democratic-led states are utterly ruining the lives of so many people - far more than the damage caused by the China virus. Cases in California have risen despite the lockdown, but Florida and others are open and doing well. Common sense please! "
More than 21,000 people in the state have died from coronavirus-related illness since the pandemic broke out. In California, a state with about twice as many people as Florida, around 23,000 people have died from the coronavirus.
The death toll in Florida is roughly seven times higher than that of Japan, which has a population of more than 126 million.
The average number of confirmed cases seven days a day continues to rise from week to week and is more than 11,000 as of December 23 - roughly the same as at the summer summit.
According to the COVID Tracking Project, cases in California rose 68 percent last week from December 9th. More than 292,000 cases have been reported in the last week alone.
Nearly 20,000 people in the state were hospitalized on Christmas Eve.
December is the deadliest month of 2020, with more than 57,000 coronavirus-related deaths as of December 23, and an average of 2,500 deaths per day.
The nationwide surge in infections is caused by cases in the south and west.
According to the COVID Tracking Project, cases in Arizona, California, Florida, Tennessee, and Texas account for 40 percent of all new cases reported in the past week.
The President has repeatedly called for states to open up to normal business despite the worsening public health crisis without a coordinated federal response.
Although Trump blamed them for the economic condition and well-being of Americans, the US "lockdown" measures were not passed consistently, left to the patchwork and inconsistent efforts of state and local governments to combat broadcasts.
He also turned down economic relief efforts to temporarily keep Americans at home and shut down businesses to keep infections at bay. He is currently refusing to sign a $ 900 billion federal spending bill that extends unemployment benefits and an eviction moratorium, and grants most Americans $ 600 direct payments.
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