The U.S. President Donald Trump keeps on making claims about coronavirus pandemic in the country that does not tally at all with the facts furnished by his administration’s task force team and disease experts.

At an event in Pheonix, Arizona, Trump said "it's going away." According to him, the increasing rate of coronavirus infections in the U.S. is due to the increased testing in the country. He has constantly underplayed the threat of the deadly pandemic and believes that it isn’t a serious threat to the public.

However, people working in his administration have a different take on this subject and their take is based on numbers and statistics.

On the same day when Trump claimed that coronavirus is going away, people from his coronavirus task force presented an internal report showing that Pheonix had the “highest number of new cases among the 10 metropolitan regions where the week-over-week change in infection rates spiked the most.”

In the last seven days, Pheonix recorded more than 13,000 new cases in one week, which is a 149.2% increase as compared to the last week’s infection rate.

Apart from Arizona, Texas has also reported a huge spike in coronavirus numbers. Houston, San Antonio, Lubbock, College Station and Corpus Christi recorded the highest spike. Other parts of the country, including counties within Florida, Atlanta, Orlando and California also reported a big increase in the rate of infection.

The report presented by the coronavirus task force officials supports the concerns of the American immunologist and disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has emphasized that failure to control and defend the virus may lead to a huge spike in the number of infections as well as the death toll in the country.

On Thursday, June 25, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas announced a temporary ban on reopening plans that the state had in place over the “explosion” of COVID-19 infections.

Following the reopening of several states, the U.S. has witnessed a considerable increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country. This has impacted the president’s political standing as well.

A poll conducted recently showed that only 37% of the Americans approve of Trump’s response to and handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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