by Peter Hasson
Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday that more than 6,000 military members have died from coronavirus, Department of Defense (DOD) statistics show the real number is just seven deaths.
While speaking in Michigan on Wednesday, Biden significantly overstated both the number of COVID infections in the military, as well as the number of COVID deaths.
“Military COVID infected: 118,984,” Biden said while reading out a list of statistics. “Military COVID deaths: 6,114.”
Former Vice President Biden said today that more than 6,000 members of the US military have died due to the coronavirus. The actual number is seven according to the @DeptofDefense https://t.co/AJmCelSpOD
— Ryan Browne (@rabrowne75) September 9, 2020
Both of those numbers are wrong.
DOD statistics show that the number of recorded coronavirus infections in the military is just over 40,000, with just seven deaths.
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Peter Hasson is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “Joe Biden” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0.