Mortality rate, why is thy sting?: The nation with the best mortality rate keeps racking up more deaths!
We won't be tracking this every day. But after yesterday's "confirmed deaths" were recorded, the 7-day rolling average had rolled upward again:
Daily deaths from coronavirusIn the course of a week, our daily average has gone from just below 700 deaths per day to 830. Three weeks ago, right before the July 4 weekend, the average stood at 546.3 (June 26-July 2).
Rolling 7-day average, nationwide
July 9-July 15: 696.9
July 10-July 16: 704.1
July 11-July 17: 720.4
July 12-July 18: 742.4
July 13-July 19: 747.4
July 14-July 20: 763.0
July 15-July 21: 799.7
July 16-July 22: 830.7
(Update: We've changed our original average for July 16-July 22. The Post has changed its original number for July 22.)
It's amazing to see this rapid increase in deaths from the country with the best mortality rate in the world! And yes, that's what Trump said.
In our world, it remains a point of amazement that Donald J. Trump could claim we have the best mortality rate, as he did four days ago in a major Sunday interview, without any major news org showing the public these numbers:
Total coronavirus deaths through July 23, per million populationSeriously though, folks. Does it look like we have the best mortality rate, given what a reasonable person would think that term must mean?
United States: 443
South Korea: 6
New Zealand 4
On Sunday, Trump said we have the best mortality rate in the world. In response to that remarkable claim, no one has shown the public those data—no one from Chris Wallace on down.
It's exactly as we've long told you. Information plays virtually no role in our public discourse.
Our discourse is Storyline all the way down. Basic facts barely exist in the world of our upper-end press corps.
It's Storyline and Whatever Trump Said. That's all they really know.