Donald Trump says he urged workforce to gradual Covid-19 testing

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US President Donald Trump has stated he was encouraging well being officers in his administration to decelerate testing for Covid-19, arguing that elevated exams result in extra instances being found.

The president has claimed falsely on a number of events that surges of Covid-19 in a number of states may be defined by elevated diagnostic exams.

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At his first rally for the reason that outbreak pressured nationwide shutdowns in March, Donald Trump informed the gang in Tulsa, Oklahoma that testing was a “double-edged sword”.

The US — which has extra deaths and instances than every other nation — has carried out greater than 25 million coronavirus exams, putting it outdoors the highest 20 international locations on this planet, per capita.

“Here is the dangerous half: When you do testing to that extent, you’ll discover extra individuals, you can see extra instances,” Trump argued.

“So I stated to my individuals ‘gradual the testing down.’ They check they usually check.”

It was not clear from Trump’s tone if he was enjoying to the gang, which cheered as he spoke, or if he was being severe.

However, a White House official informed AFP that Trump “was clearly talking in jest to name out the media’s absurd protection. We are main the world in testing, and we’re proud to have carried out 25 million plus exams.”

Coronavirus instances have spiked in a number of states, together with Oklahoma, and native well being officers had requested Trump to postpone the rally, fearing it could contribute to the unfold.

Six members of an advance workforce working in Tulsa forward of the rally examined constructive for Covid-19, the Trump marketing campaign stated simply hours earlier than the president took the stage.

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