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The COVID-19 surge is global — stop politicizing it to bash Trump

Much of Europe is seeing a major surge in coronavirus cases. Yet Democrats continue to blame President Trump for every single US virus death.

It’s well-nigh impossible for a nation to shield itself entirely from a pandemic, especially a large one whose citizens travel the world. But Dems ignore scientific reality in their zeal to paint the president with the blood of 225,000 Americans on his hands. As Joe Biden put it at the last debate, “Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president.”

The rising numbers of US cases supposedly prove Trump’s bungling. Yet the record-high seven-day average of “new cases” (68,767 on Sunday) is actually a record of positive tests — and so is partly an artifact of more and faster testing. Deaths are (thankfully) nowhere near the peak of more than 2,200 a day in late April.

And the United States is doing far more testing than anyone else. Heck, Team Trump is sending deep-blue New York nearly 6 million state-of-the-art Abbott antigen tests for schools, nursing homes and any other key spot Gov. Cuomo chooses.

Trump plainly has nothing to do with Europe reporting its highest single-week case count yet, with more than 1.3 million new infections, per the World Health Organization. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns, “We are at a critical juncture in this pandemic, particularly in the northern hemisphere. The next few months are going to be very tough.”

Case counts rise as people head indoors in cooler weather — throughout the northern hemisphere. No one has figured out how to completely control the pandemic until a vaccine is widely available.

France last week became the sixth country to pass 1 million cumulative confirmed cases. French President Emmanuel Macron is one of those leaders Democrats like to point to as a stark contrast to Trump — and he can’t wish away a pandemic either.

Spain and The Netherlands also saw record-breaking numbers, while Italy’s daily cases are up five-fold since Oct. 8. Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Britain are also seeing record numbers.

Many of these countries are ordering new lockdowns, though science suggests such heavy-handed mandates do little. The keys remain sensible social distancing and obsessive mask-wearing — not bogus, partisan politicization of the plague.

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