US President Donald Trump has said that countries like India and China would have much more coronavirus cases than America if they conduct more tests.
Trump, in his remarks at Puritan Medical Products in Maine, said that the US has carried out 20 million tests. Compared to the US, Germany is at four million and much talked about South Korea is at three million tests, he said on Friday (June 5).
According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the US has reported nearly 1.9 million cases and over 1,09,000 deaths while the total number of coronavirus cases in India and China stand at 2,36,184 and 84,177 respectively. India has so far conducted over 4 million coronavirus tests, according to the health ministry.
Commenting on the COVID-19 tests in the US, Trump said, “We will be well over 20 million tests. Remember this, when you test more, you have more cases. I say to my people every time we test; you find cases because we do more testing. If we wanted to do testing in China or in India or other places, I promise you there would be more cases.”
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The administration, he said, has delivered over 1.5 billion pieces of personal protective equipment to doctors and nurses on the front lines. “We slashed the red tape to speed up the development of vaccines. And vaccines are coming along incredibly well, wait till you see, and therapeutics. And we partnered at private sector leaders such as Puritan to build the largest and most advanced testing capacity on the face of the earth, like this one,” he said.
Describing the fight against coronavirus as the greatest national and industrial mobilisation since the World War II, Trump said that his administration has marshaled the full power of the US government and US industry to defeat the invisible enemy. “It is indeed an enemy. It came from China, should have been stopped in China. They didn’t do that,” he alleged.
Referring to the latest monthly employment numbers, Trump said that the economy is now back on track. “So this is the largest monthly job increase in American history. And we’re going to have a phenomenal next year. We’re going to have a tremendous couple of months prior to the election on November 3 very, very important date,” he said.
Trump was evidently referring to the 2020 United States presidential election which is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Seeking re-election for his second consecutive term, Trump is pitted against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Most of the opinion polls show that Biden is several points ahead of Trump.