Jan. 3 (UPI) — The USA reported a file of greater than 299,000 new COVID-19 instances in 24 hours as President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed the numbers have been “exaggerated.”

Information gathered by Johns Hopkins College confirmed the US reported 299,087 new instances on Sunday together with 2,398 new deaths as many states reported greater than in the future of information after the New 12 months’s Day vacation. The USA leads all nations with 20,439,674 instances and 350,267 deaths, in keeping with Johns Hopkins knowledge.

In a tweet on Sunday, Trump blamed the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s course of for reporting instances for the excessive totals.

“The variety of instances and deaths of the China Virus is way exaggerated in the US due to @CDCgov’s ridiculous methodology of dedication in comparison with different nations, a lot of whom report, purposely very inaccurately and low. ‘When unsure, name it COVID.’ Pretend Information!” Trump wrote, utilizing a reputation for the virus he has typically deployed guilty China for the worldwide pandemic, because the virus was first found within the metropolis of Wuhan.

Showing on CNN’s State of the Union, U.S. Surgeon Common Jerome Adams mentioned that he had not recognized any motive to doubt the reported totals of instances and deaths.

“From a well being perspective, I’ve no motive to doubt these numbers and I feel folks have to be very conscious it isn’t concerning the deaths as we talked about earlier however the hospitalizations and the capability,” mentioned Adams. “These instances are having an influence in an array of the way and folks want to know there’s a end line in sight however we’ve to maintain operating in the direction of it.”

No less than 123,639 folks have been hospitalized on Saturday, marking the 32nd consecutive day with greater than 100,000 hospitalizations, in keeping with the COVID Monitoring Undertaking.

Adams mentioned that whereas projections of doable surges in instances following the vacations are “scary,” he nonetheless has religion within the administration’s vaccine rollout regardless of falling far in need of plans to manage 20 million vaccines by the tip of 2020.

“I would like folks to know that the projections we have been placing out have been based mostly on what we might management on the federal stage. And we did ship on 20 million doses delivered, however you are at all times going to have extra doses allotted versus delivered. Delivered versus pictures within the arms. I simply wish to be frank,” he mentioned.

A complete of 4.28 million doses have been given nationwide, in keeping with a tally by Bloomberg and knowledge from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. The overall variety of doses administered is 13 million.