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Trump’s ’99 percent ‘coronavirus comment finds little support

“I want to ask you again, Dr. Hahn,” Raddatz insisted. “How many cases do you think are harmless?”

“You know, at least we don’t want to be in this country. This is a very fast-moving epidemic, a fast-moving pandemic. And every death, every case is tragic. And we want to do everything we can to prevent that, ”Hahn replied.

The commissioner similarly agreed when questioned by host Dana Bash about CNN’s “State of the Union”. “I don’t go into who is right and wrong,” he said saidand added, “We have seen the wave of cases. We must do something to turn the tide. ‘

Hahn also urged Americans to follow the CDC guidelines and adhere to the protocols of municipal and state governments – although, as several local leaders have noted, they are often at odds.

As Hahn struggled on Sunday to explain the factual basis for the president’s statistic, mayors of southern communities who emerged as hot spots for the corona virus outright rejected the figure of 99 percent.

“No, that’s not the case,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said told CBS “” Face the Nation. “

“I’ll tell you that 1 in 10 people tested positive a month ago. Today is 1 in 4, ”Turner said. “The number of people who get sick and go to hospitals has increased exponentially. The number of people in our ICU beds has increased exponentially. ”