Al Arabiya English fact check: Biden’s claims on coronavirus in the US military

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden shows a copy of his schedule and notes during a campaign event in Michigan, Sept. 9, 2020. (Reuters)

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday that more than 100,000 US troops were infected with the coronavirus. He also said that the COVID-19 virus caused 6,114 deaths in the US military.

According to the US Defense Department, the total number of cases in the military stands at 40,026. Across the Defense Department, adding civilians, dependents and contractors bring that number to 58,058. There have been seven deaths in the military.

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A total of 36,080 recoveries and 90 deaths have been registered among all Defense Department employees, including US troops.

Biden was speaking in Michigan during a campaign event, where he rebuked US President Donald Trump for lying to the American people about the coronavirus. “He knew, and purposefully played it down. Worse, he lied to the American people,” Biden said during his visit to the battleground state.

Michigan is home to the US auto industry, where Biden was promoting a new proposal to tax companies that move US jobs overseas.

A recent USA Today poll, conducted with Suffolk University, said 44 percent of voters think Trump will win the presidency after the votes are counted in November, against 41 percent favoring Biden. However, 62 percent of the voters surveyed said the country was currently on the wrong track under Trump's presidency. Those who believed the country was on the right path accounted for 29 percent.

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