President Trump falsely claimed Monday that the coronavirus pandemic is looking "much better," with "numbers" — presumably new infections, deaths, and hospitalizations — "going down almost everywhere." In reality, that's not the case. While the U.S. has made some progress overall, and increases in confirmed infections can be attributed in part to an increase in testing, nationally, the number of cases and deaths is still on an upward trajectory. California, for example, has seen cases and deaths rise, and researchers are now concerned the virus' toll in the state will be worse than originally predicted. It is unclear what Trump was referring to in claiming widespread improvement, but data from many areas of the country do not support the statement.
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