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  Pallotta claims state inflated COVID deaths to help Democrats at the polls
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Last EditedNew Jersey Politico  Sep 28, 2020 09:06pm
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AuthorNikita Biryukov
News DateTuesday, September 29, 2020 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionRepublican congressional candidate Frank Pallotta charged the state was inflating its number of COVID-19 deaths so Gov. Phil Murphy would have an excuse to mandate a mostly-mail general election to boost Democrats at the polls during a tele-town hall Monday evening.

“I’m not an expert, but it appears to me that the overall state numbers have been inflated a great deal, and how do we know that? You know how many deaths that you’re going to get from respiratory illness, from the flu,” he said. “Those are pretty standard numbers that are predictable. If you look at the deaths related to the flu and other respiratory illnesses as opposed to COVID-19 or COVID-19-classified deaths, those flu deaths are down tremendously.”

So far, New Jersey has reported 14,316 lab-confirmed and 1,791 probable deaths related to COVID-19. Those counts have been revised downward on a handful of occasions. In all instances, officials said these revisions were to remove duplicates or to cut out-of-state cases that were added in error.
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