Biden Gets Confused Again: ‘210 Million’ Died from Coronavirus
Former vice president makes another gaffe with COVID-19 related deaths
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden claimed “210 million” people have died of the coronavirus before quickly correcting himself during a town hall debate on Monday night.
Just hours after President Donald Trump returned to the White House from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center after being infected with COVID-19, Biden told NBC’s Lester Holt that two hundred and ten million died from the virus.
“I would hope that the president having gone through what he went through, and I’m glad he seems to be coming along pretty well, would communicate the right lesson to the American people,” Biden said.
“Masks matter. These masks, they matter," Biden said.
"It matters. It saves lives. It prevents the spread of the disease… two hundred and ten million — 210,000 people have died," Biden added.
"You have, you know, about 1,000 people a day getting the coronavirus," the former vice president continued.
"Fifty thousand, I mean — so it’s a great concern," he said, correcting himself.
In September, Biden made a similar blunder with COVID-19 related deaths claiming 200 million people had died.
The correct number was only 200,000.
During a campaign event in June, Biden falsely claimed that "over 120 million" people have died from COVID-19 before CNN immediately cut the live feed off.
Biden was delivering remarks on health care in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when he made the major flub.
"What people drastically underestimate is the impact on the medical health of people who, now, everything is complicated,” he told reporters.
"Not only is the healthcare piece, but people don’t have a job, people don’t have anywhere to go."
“You have, unnecessarily, now we have over 120 million dead from COVID,” Biden then claimed, right as the live stream froze, apparently glitching out.
On Monday, Trump released a video statement upon returning to the White House, encouraging people not to let the coronavirus dominate their lives.
“I just left Walter Reed Medical Center, and it’s really something very special—the doctors, the nurses, the first responders—and I learned so much about coronavirus,” Trump said.
“And one thing that’s for certain don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it. We have the best medical equipment; we have the best medicines—all developed recently—and you’re gonna beat it.”
But Biden slammed Trump's remarks.
"I saw a tweet he did, they showed me, he said 'don't let COVID control your life,'" Biden told Florida news station Local 10.
"Tell that to the 205,000 families who lost somebody."