Trump Says U.S. 'Crushing' COVID-19 Compared to Europe, Which Has Lower Death Rates

The U.S. remains the epicenter of the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, reporting the world's highest number of total confirmed cases and deaths, as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

But President Donald Trump said the U.S. is "crushing" the virus, comparing the country's COVID-19 figures to that reported in Europe at a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

Trump said: "The [Joe] Biden lockdown will crush America, we will crush the virus, we're doing that. We're crushing the virus, look at our numbers compared to Europe. They always said 'look at Europe, Europe, Europe' but look at our numbers compared."

The current COVID-19 death rates (number of deaths per 100,000 people) across most of Europe are lower than that reported in the U.S., according to the latest report Tuesday by JHU.

The U.S. also has the fourth-highest death rate among the 20 countries "currently most affected by COVID-19 worldwide," usurped only by Brazil, Spain and Mexico, according to JHU.

As of Tuesday, U.S. currently has a higher COVID-19 death rate than most countries in Europe, apart from Spain, Belgium, San Marino (a microstate enclosed by Italy) and Andorra (a microstate bordered by France and Spain), according to the data from JHU.

The U.S. has a death rate of 67.28 deaths per 100,000 people, which is lower than that reported in San Marino (124.32), Belgium (91.43), Andorra (80.51) and Spain (72.75).

But the U.S. death rate is higher than that reported in the rest of Europe, including in the U.K. (65.90), Italy (60.59), France (50.23), the Netherlands (39.63), Germany (11.97) as well as Sweden (58.12), the Scandinavian country where a nationwide lockdown was never implemented, according to the data from JHU.

It's also worth noting that Europe has a population of over 916 million across the 53 countries that fall within the Europe region of the World Organization (WHO).

Despite having a population nearly three times larger than that of the U.S. (over 322 million), Europe's total case count is nearly the same as that in the U.S., surpassing the U.S. by only about 96,000 confirmed cases, according to the latest report Tuesday by WHO.

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President Donald Trump speaking at a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania on October 20, where he said the U.S. was "crushing" the novel coronavirus compared to Europe. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

As of Tuesday, Europe was reported to have 8,161,571 total confirmed infections, while the U.S. has 8,065,615 total confirmed cases, according to WHO.

According to the latest report Wednesday by JHU, the total case tally in the U.S. has reached 8,274,797.

The infection rate (number of cases per one million people) in the U.S. (24,367.22) is also greater than that reported in several of Europe's worst-hit countries, including Spain (20,031.32), the Netherlands (13,770.4), France (13,495.86), U.K. (10.918.54), Italy (7,005.71) and Germany (4,453.92), according to data from WHO.

Most U.S. states are seeing an "uncontrolled spread" of COVID-19, according to data compiled by the website

At least 30 states were reporting more than 150 new infections a day per one million people, as of Monday, according to the website.

Earlier this month, more voters in the U.S. were reported to trust Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden than Trump to handle the coronavirus outbreak, according to a nationwide poll conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post.

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 40.8 million people across the globe since it was first reported in Wuhan, China. Globally, more than 1.1 million have died following infection, while more than 27.9 million have reportedly recovered as of Wednesday, according to JHU.

The graphic below, produced by Statista, illustrates the spread of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

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The graphic below, also produced by Statista, illustrates regions across the globe seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Regions with surge in COVID-19 cases