White House Coronavirus Task Force Admits U.S. Isn’t ‘Rounding The Turn’

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The White House Coronavirus Task Force member in charge of the country’s testing efforts said Wednesday the U.S. is not ‘rounding the corner’ when it comes to the coronavirus.

Admiral Brett Giroir, the Trump administration’s testing czar, said on the Today Show Wednesday that the proof of the increase is the uptick in hospitalizations and deaths nationwide from COVID-19.

“It’s not just a function of testing. We know that, too, because hospitalizations are going up.” 

“We are at another critical point in the pandemic response. As you pointed out, cases are going up in most states across the country, hospitalizations are up, although we’re still tens of thousands of hospitalizations below where we were in July. But that is rising.”

President Donald Trump, for his part, has been saying the U.S. is “rounding the turn” on the pandemic. He also criticized the media for focusing on the health crisis.

“We are taking this very seriously,” Giroir said, noting, “We have the tools to combat this, we can control it, but this is a very important time to do it.”

The United States currently has 8.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. As of Wednesday, more than 226,000 have died from the virus.