The White House is focused on per capita coronavirus death tolls. Here’s where we rank.
But these numbers can be somewhat misleading.
President Trump and the White House in recent weeks have begun playing up not the total number of confirmed cases and deaths but rather the per capita numbers. The United States, they note, has a much larger population than many countries facing significant outbreaks, particularly in Western Europe, and looking at things on a per capita basis pushes us down the list when it comes to the size of the coronavirus outbreak.
At times, both Trump and Deborah Birx, one of the leading medical experts on the White House coronavirus task force, have exaggerated these numbers by claiming that the United States has one of the lowest mortality rates in the world.
“Our mortality rate remains roughly half of that of many other countries and [is] one of the lowest of any country in the world,” Trump said recently.
Birx added that we have “one of the lowest mortality rates in the entire world.”
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[Source: Washington Post]