Covid-19: ‘If We Stop Testing, We’d Have Fewer Cases’ – President Trump
WHITE HOUSE – The president and the vice president of the United States are seeking to assure the public that the coronavirus pandemic has passed its peak in the country despite continuing alarm among many health officials.
“We’re at a low mark,” Trump told reporters in the Cabinet Room on Monday afternoon.
The growth of new COVID-19 cases and deaths overall in the United States has slowed, but some new hot spots are emerging.
The projected number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths by October 1 was raised Monday to 201,129 by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
As of Monday, the new virus has killed more than 116,000 people in the United States, and 2.1 million have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any,” Trump asserted, suggesting that the testing makes the figure go high and that Americans should stop being tested.
The president, on social media, called “ a double-edged sword” that makes the country “look bad” but is “good to have.”