CNBC’s Jim Cramer on America’s coronavirus response: Maybe we’re just a ‘lesser developed country’



‘I’m trying to figure out what kind of disaster that our country has had that’s ever been as bad as this that’s been self-inflicted.’

That’s CNBC “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer slamming the U.S. government’s handing of the coronavirus pandemic during “Squawk on the Street” on Monday.

He pointed to other countries, like South Korea, Taiwan and Japan, as having navigated the outbreak much better. All three have fewer than one coronavirus death per 100,000 people vs. 42.95 death for the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, cited by CNBC.

“Those are big, big countries, and they’re faring so much better,” Cramer said, adding that the U.S. has failed to institute an effective contract tracing system. “They’re also disciplined and we’re unruly. This may go down as us being, I’d say, a lesser developed country versus those countries.”

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The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus, as of Monday, had climbed to 14.5 million, with the death toll reaching 606,206, data show. At least 8.1 million people have recovered. The U.S. recorded 64,650 new infections on Sunday, down from the 66,026 counted on Saturday and Friday’s record of more than 76,000.

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The U.S. now has 3.77 million cases, or about a quarter of the global total, and 140,534 deaths. All of the U.S. states and three territories have seen cases climb for the last 14 days, according to a New York Times tracker. Brazil is second to the U.S. with 2.1 million cases and 79,488 deaths.



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