Trump’s ’99 percent’ coronavirus comment finds little support

“I want to ask you again, Dr. Hahn,” Raddatz pressed. “How many cases would you say are harmless?”

“You know, any case, we don’t want to have in this country. This is a very rapidly moving epidemic, rapidly moving pandemic. And any death, any case is tragic. And we want to do everything we can to prevent that,” Hahn replied.

The commissioner similarly demurred when questioned on CNN’s “State of the Union” by host Dana Bash. “I’m not going to get into who is right and who is wrong,” he said, adding: “We have seen the surge in cases. We must do something to stem the tide.”

Hahn also urged Americans to follow CDC guidance and comply with protocols from municipal and state governments — though, as several local leaders have noted, those can often be at odds.

As Hahn struggled Sunday to explain the factual basis for the president’s statistic, mayors of Southern communities that have emerged as coronavirus hot spots flatly rejected the 99 percent figure.

“No, that’s not the case,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“I will tell you, a month ago, one in 10 people were testing positive. Today, it’s 1 in 4,” Turner said. “The number of people who are getting sick and going to the hospitals has exponentially increased. The number of people in our ICU beds has exponentially increased.”