COVID-19 Cases Surge In U.S. As Vaccinations Fall Below Government Predictions
The grim milestones are piling up as the United States experiences another surge in coronavirus cases. Nearly 300,000 new cases were reported on Saturday. The cumulative death toll crossed more than 350,000 the same day, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard.
Saturday’s total of 299,087 new cases marks a new single-day high for the U.S. Though COVID-19 deaths on Saturday totaled 2,398, down from the record high of 3,750 on Dec. 30.
President Trump tweeted Sunday morning that the count of cases and deaths in the U.S. is “far exaggerated” and criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s method.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, countered Trump’s tweet in an interview on Meet the Press Sunday.
“The numbers are real,” Fauci said. “We have well over 300,000 deaths. We’re averaging 2-3,000 deaths per day. … Those are real numbers, real people and real deaths.”