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US Health Chief Rejects Notion of Coronavirus Failure
Monday, 18 May 2020 13:36 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

The United States leads the world with nearly 90,000 coronavirus deaths, but the U.S. health chief Sunday rejected the notion that the government had failed its people.

"You can't celebrate a single death," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNN, but contended, "It could have been vastly, vastly worse."

President Donald Trump said on Twitter, "Doing REALLY well, medically, on solving the CoronaVirus situation (Plague!). It will happen!"

Later, as he returned from a weekend visit to his Camp David presidential retreat outside Washington, Trump declared, "We did a lot of terrific meetings, tremendous progress is being made on many fronts, including coming up with a cure for this horrible plague that has beset our country.

Azar said the U.S. over the last two months was "able to flatten the curve" of the number of coronavirus cases in order to give health care workers a chance to deal with the onslaught of patients needing care.

"While the burden has been tragic and severe, it's been controllable," he said.

Still, he said, "We do have greater health risks here in the United States" from people who are obese, have high blood pressure or diabetes.

But even as the U.S. coronavirus death toll is projected to reach 147,000 by August, Azar said, "We're now in a position where we can reopen" businesses in the country.

Source : VOA

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