Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said during a town hall debate on Monday night that “210 million” people have died of the coronavirus — before quickly correcting himself.
Biden was speaking to NBC’s Lester Holt just hours after President Trump, who is infected with the coronavirus, returned to the White House and said that “maybe” he has suddenly become immune.
“I would hope that the president having gone through what he went through, and I’m glad he seems to be coming along pretty well, would communicate the right lesson to the American people,” Biden said.
“Masks matter. These masks, they matter. It matters. It saves lives. It prevents the spread of the disease… two hundred and ten million — 210,000 people have died. You have, you know, about 1,000 people a day getting the coronavirus. Fifty thousand, I mean — so it’s a great concern.”
Last month, Biden made a similar gaffe when he said that 200 million people had died from the virus — at the time the number was only 200,000.
President Trump told Americans he was feeling better on Monday evening after spending three nights at Walter Reed Medical Center after he and others in the West Wing contracted the virus.