Report: Trump thinks coronavirus deaths overcounted

President Trump wears goggles and gives an animated expression during a tour of a mask factory

Trump at a factory in Phoenix that makes N-95 masks. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Axios reported Wednesday that a Trump administration official said President Trump and some of his aides believe the estimated COVID-19 death toll is inflated.

The official said he expects Trump to start publicly questioning the count.

Public health experts believe that the running tally of U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus, which stood at 73,431 early Thursday, is too low, due to a lack of testing and the fact that many people who died at home were not counted.

There’s no evidence the number of fatalities has been exaggerated, but states don’t have consistent methods for estimating the toll, so the national numbers are widely seen as a rough estimate.

In April, the top U.S. infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, called claims that the coronavirus toll was being inflated by unrelated medical conditions “conspiracy theories.”

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