Trump says the U.S. would have half the number of coronavirus cases if it ran half the tests

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President Donald Trump insisted again on Tuesday that the United States would have fewer cases of coronavirus if it performed fewer tests – even though epidemics continue to spread across the country and deaths are starting to s ‘accelerate.”Think about it, if we weren’t testing, instead of testing more than 40 million people, if we were doing half the tests, we would have half the cases,” Trump said at a press conference. to the White House. “If we did another one, you cut that in half, we would, again, have half of that.” But the headlines are still being tested. ”

Trump has said that while coronavirus testing “is a good thing,” it has also served as “fake news fodder for reporting cases.” He said that if the United States didn’t test people for Covid-19, then you wouldn’t have “all the headlines” because the nation has one of the lowest death rates.

“When I turn on the news, I see cases, cases, cases,” said Trump.

The United States has more cases of coronavirus than any other country in the world with more than 3.4 million out of the approximately 13.3 million cases worldwide. Although the United States has done more testing than any other country, it also has the most deaths – 136,300 of 576,800 deaths worldwide. Deaths from Covid-19, which have been declining in America for almost two months, have recently started to increase again, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

In the United States, average daily deaths peaked in mid-April at more than 2,400, based on a seven-day moving average. Deaths have declined since then, reaching just over 500 a day on average on July 4, but have since risen to an average of 700 Covid-19 deaths on Monday, according to Hopkins data.

Across the country, more than a third of U.S. states have reported new daily case records, based on a seven-day moving average on Monday, according to a CNBC analysis of the data compiled by Hopkins. Twenty states, including Florida and Georgia, broke records on Monday with an average of 10,855 and 3,358 new cases, respectively.

As cases continue to increase, laboratories across the country are lagging behind in the processing and delivery of test results, according to two of the country’s largest laboratory diagnostic companies.

“We attribute this demand primarily to the rapid and continuous spread of COVID-19 infections across the country, but particularly in the southern, southwest and western regions of the country,” said Quest Diagnostics in a statement.

Hospitalizations across the country, which epidemiologists say could show the most serious epidemics because they are not dependent on testing, continue to hit new records, indicating widespread community transmission. On Monday, 14 states broke record records in average number of hospitalizations over seven days, including Texas, California and Arizona, according to a CNBC analysis of data from the Covid Tracking Project.

– CNBC’s Nate Rattner, Jasmine Kim and Fire craving contributed to this report.

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