President Trump hails US coronavirus tests as infections cross a million

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(Reuters) – The United States has reported more than a million coronavirus infections just because of their tests, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, hailing the effort as “much better than any other country in the world”. world. “

President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference on the response to coronaviruses at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, United States, April 27, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Barria

Twitter comments came amid warnings from state public health officials that the shortage of trained workers and equipment has limited testing capacity.

“The only reason the United States has reported a million cases of coronavirus is that our tests are so much better than any other country in the world,” Trump said on Twitter.

“Other countries are far behind in the tests, and therefore show far fewer cases.”

A Reuters tally here shows that the United States has by far the largest number of confirmed cases in the world with more than a million, with a total of deaths exceeding 58,000 on Tuesday evening.

Cases have exceeded 3.1 million worldwide, with more than 216,000 deaths, according to Reuters calculations

TESTS FOR THOSE WHO NEED

The increase is putting pressure on efforts to increase testing capacity and health officials have signaled the challenge of getting the tests to those who need them most.

“One of the problems has been testing people who need it,” Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert and health official, told CNN on Tuesday.

Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that all Americans who need a viral test should be able to get one by the end of May or the beginning of June.

“Anyone who needs a test, depending on how we approach identification, isolation, contact tracing – by keeping the country safe and healthy, hopefully, we should see that we we are approaching the end of May, the beginning of June, ”said Fauci.

The virus wreaked unprecedented havoc in the US economy, with a contraction likely in its first quarter at its fastest pace since the Great Recession, as tough measures to slow the spread of the virus almost stopped the country, ending to the longest expansion in its history.

The number of Americans looking for unemployment benefits in the past five weeks has jumped to 26.5 million, or nearly one in six workers in the United States, and the Trump administration has projected unemployment in April more than 16%.

(Interactive graph for monitoring the global spread of coronaviruses: here)

Report by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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