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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he doesn’t think President Trump was trying to minimize the coronavirus when he said 99 percent of cases are “totally harmless.” The governor said Florida has taken the virus seriously since the beginning. Photo: Joe Byrnes
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DeSantis: Trump not trying to minimize COVID-19 by saying 99% of cases ‘totally harmless’


Gov. Ron DeSantis said he doesn’t think President Trump was trying to minimize the pandemic when he said 99 percent of cases are “totally harmless.” The Florida governor addressed that issue during a press conference in The Villages Monday. Fact checkers have corrected the president’s assessment because — even though the overall infection fatality rate is estimated at under one percent — as many 20 percent of those infected have serious illness. And, as DeSantis said, many of those are hospitalized. “I’m not sure exactly what he meant,” DeSantis said. “You know, in Florida the case fatality rate is under 2 percent now, which is a lot lower than a lot of other states. Obviously, if you don’t die, some …
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