Ron DeSantis falsely claims no one under 25 has been killed by coronavirus 'for whatever reason'
Ron DeSantis of Florida speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore

On Thursday, at a coronavirus education meeting, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) incorrectly told attendees that there have been zero COVID-19 deaths in the United States of anyone under the age of 25 "for whatever reason."

"The data has been 100% consistent," said DeSantis. "I've not seen any deviation on that."

In fact, while the elderly are significantly more likely to suffer from life-threatening complications, there have been hundreds of patients under 25 who have been killed by COVID-19. Louisiana and Connecticut have both seen cases of infants who have died after testing positive for the virus.

DeSantis has come under national scrutiny and a barrage of criticism for his handling of the pandemic within his state, resisting calls to close public beaches to Spring Breakers, and taking weeks before issuing a flimsy stay-at-home order that exempts many vulnerable gatherings, including religious functions.

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