He added that when countries test more, they have more cases. 'I say to my people: Every time we test, you find cases because we do more testing'
United States President Donald Trump on Friday said that countries like India and China would have more coronavirus cases than America if they conducted more tests.
The United States is so far the worst-hit country with 1.9 million reported cases of the novel coronavirus and more than 111,000 deaths, according to worldometer.
The president, in his remarks at Puritan Medical Products in Maine, said that the US has carried out 20 million tests. “Germany is at 4 million,” he added. “South Korea, which you heard so much about they’re doing a good job – they’re at about 3 million. We’re well over 20 million. Very shortly, we’ll be well over 20 million tests.”
He added that when countries test more, they have more cases. “I say to my people: Every time we test, you find cases because we do more testing,” Trump said. “So if we have more cases – if we wanted to do testing in China or in India, or other places, I promise you, there’d be more cases. But we’re doing a great job with the testing. And you’re doing a fantastic job in getting out the swabs.”
India has so far recorded 236,954 cases and the toll from the infection was 6,649 on Saturday. Meanwhile, China, where the virus first emerged late last year, has officially reported 83,030 cases and 4,634 casualties.
The Indian Council of Medical Research, the country’s nodal body for coronavirus testing, has so far tested 45,24,317 samples till on Saturday 9am, local time.
At a news briefing, Trump claimed that the US has made it through the worst of the outbreak, adding that the administration made every decision correctly to handle the infection, AFP reported. “We had the greatest economy in the history of the world,” he said. “And that strength let us get through this horrible pandemic, largely through, I think we’re doing really well.”