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White House testing czar disputes Trump on key reasons behind Covid case surge

October 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: Admiral Brett Giroir, U.S. assistant secretary for health, wears a protective mask during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump administration officials are set to defend the federal government's response to the coronavirus crisis at the hearing hosted by a House panel calling for a national plan to contain the virus. (Photo by Erin Scott-Pool/Getty Images)

Admiral Brett Giroir, the White House's coronavirus testing czar, said Wednesday that coronavirus cases are surging because the virus is spreading and that the US can control the pandemic, disputing President Donald Trump that cases are surging because of increased testing.

(CNN)Admiral Brett Giroir, the White House's coronavirus testing czar, said Wednesday that coronavirus cases are surging because the virus is spreading and that the US can control the pandemic, disputing President Donald Trump that cases are surging because of increased testing.

Asked about Trump's tweet during an interview with NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday, Giroir said that cases and hospitalizations are actually increasing.

Yes, we're getting more cases identified, but the cases are actually going up, and we know that too because hospitalizations are going up," Giroir said, acknowledging that deaths are increasing as well.

So, we're much less than July, but those are going up, those are real, and we do know that deaths are increasing, unfortunately," he added.

Giroir also said the US can still control the coronavirus pandemic and has the tools to do so.

Earlier this week, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told CNN's Jake Tapper during "State of the Union" "we're not going to control the pandemic. "

Former CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden called the federal coronavirus response "a colossal failure" Tuesday but said "people are getting it" on the importance of wearing masks.

As health experts and doctors warn the impact of coronavirus could get worse, the White House has continued to disregard advice from health experts on mask wearing, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings to curb the spread of the virus.

Giroir warned Americans about hosting small gatherings indoors as winter approaches and temperatures drop.

There's more chances to spread -- particularly indoors and small gatherings -- but we can stop that until we get that safe and effective vaccine, which is around the corner," he said.

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