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President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he personally arrived at the hospital the night before to make sure the wife of his “good friend” received urgent care because “the waiting room was so crowded.”

“Last night, I was on the telephone with a man in an emergency hospital ward in Pennsylvania because a good friend called, and he took his significant other to the emergency room because this woman was having trouble breathing. She had a high fever, and couldn’t catch her breath,” Biden said during a speech in Illinois promoting a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses. “They admitted her to the hospital. The waiting room was so crowded, things were so backed up that they couldn’t even see her initially. So, because I knew this person, I called. I called the nurse who got the desk. Called and asked what was the situation.”

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US Daily COVID-19 deaths drop 12% in 2 weeks

“To make long story short, it took some time because all – not all – most emergency rooms and docs were engaged in caring for COVID patients,” Biden said. “I bet every one of you could name someone who was sent to hospital with something other than COVID and couldn’t be taken care of.”

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Biden said he “didn’t complain” when he called because doctors and nurses working in overcrowded hospitals were “sometimes physically taking out the living hell.”

The US is experiencing a decline in daily COVID-19 deaths after two months of steady growth until mid-September, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the latest available data, the seven-day moving average marks a 12% drop over the past two weeks, from 1,630 on September 21 to 1,428 on October 5. Still, the country recorded a grim milestone late on Friday, when the US death toll from COVID-19 passed 700,000.

Granthshala News did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the White House.

Granthshala News’ Kayla Rivaso contributed to this article.