Mike Pence's coronavirus claims go from bad to worse - 2020-06-17

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F0.png Mike Pence's coronavirus claims go from bad to worse June 17, 2020, Steve Benen, MSNBC

On Monday, the vice president said Donald Trump was headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a campaign rally because the state has "flattened the curve" when it comes to the coronavirus. He added that the number of infections in the state has "declined precipitously." As the Associated Press noted soon after, that's plainly not true.

The curve has actually been spiking higher since late May, not flattening.... In Tulsa, where a Trump rally is scheduled for Saturday, the infection rate is also rising steadily after remaining moderate for months. The four-day average number of new cases in the city has doubled from the previous peak in April. The city's own health department director, Dr. Bruce Dart, has said he hopes the rally will be postponed, noting that large indoor gatherings are partially to blame for the recent spread.

A New York Times report added that Oklahoma has seen an "obvious and steep rise" in coronavirus cases following the state's reopening.

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