US Health Chief Rejects Notion of Coronavirus Failure

The United States leads the world with nearly 90,000 coronavirus deaths, but the U.S. health chief on 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!” Doing REALLY well, medically, on solving the CoronaVirus situation (Plague!). It will happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Club Ritz reopens to patrons following the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Governor Tony Evers’ safer-at-home order against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kaukana, Wisconsin, May 13, 2020.Gov. Mike DeWine in Ohio, where crowds ignored social distancing guidelines as restaurants reopened, said, “We’ve got to continue to keep our space. This is a crucial time,” even as 90% of the state’s economy has now reopened. “We have to open back up,” he said, “but with caution,” to prevent a renewed outbreak of the pandemic. “Whether we’re able to reopen schools (in August) depends on what we’re doing right now. It’s in everyone’s collective hands.” Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, the Pacific coastal state that is the country’s largest, said 75% of his state’s economy is reopened, but that coronavirus precautions must still be adhered to. He said he does not now foresee the likelihood that crowds of 80,000 fans crammed into stadiums will be able to gather for football games in the fall. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, as Trump has, blamed China for the advance of virus from Wuhan in China to Europe and then to the United States. “Yes, I do blame the Chinese,” Navarro told ABC News’ “This Week” show. He said Beijing, “behind the shield of the World Health Organization — for two months— hid the virus from the world.” “They could have kept it in Wuhan,” he said. “Instead it became a pandemic.”



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