South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Sunday took aim at America's top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando. He is "wrong a lot", Noem said, recalling what Fauci allegedly told her about the coronavirus pandemic, reported The Hill.

"Dr Fauci told me that on my worst day I’d have 10,000 patients in the hospital. On our worst day, we had a little over 600," she said, adding her administration focused on hospital capacity rather than the COVID-19 case numbers.

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The Republican added that South Dakota was the only state that never ordered “a single business or church to close,” and also did not issue a shelter-in-place order or made wearing masks compulsory, a statement that prompted a standing ovation from many in the conference.

Noem, an ally of former president Donald Trump, also lashed out at the current Joe Biden administration saying "COVID didn’t crush the economy, government crushed the economy." She also criticised other states for imposing restrictive measures to combat the novel coronavirus.

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Meanwhile, statistically, South Dakota has witnessed some of the highest coronavirus cases and deaths per capita in the United States, as per The Hill's report.