The United States has reported more than a million coronavirus infections only because of its testing, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, hailing the effort as being “much better than any other country in the world.”
The Twitter comments came amid warnings from state public health officials that shortages of trained workers and materials have limited testing capacity. The rise pressures efforts to boost testing capacity and health officials flagged the challenge of getting tests to those who need them most.
“One of the problems has been is the tests getting to the people who need them,” U.S. infectious diseases expert and health official Anthony Fauci told CNN in an interview on Tuesday.
The only reason the U.S. has reported one million cases of CoronaVirus is that our Testing is sooo much better than any other country in the World. Other countries are way behind us in Testing, and therefore show far fewer cases!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2020
Is this guy …bragging about having the most cases of infected people on the face of the earth?
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) April 29, 2020
He is. Like when he bragged about being the first president to have a state of emergency in all 50 states.
— Joe Snuffy (@Richie_Hertz) April 29, 2020
US has 04% of world population
US has 33% of world infections
US has 25% of world fatalities
1.75% of Americans have been tested
US is 38 out of 184 countries tests per million population
US current rate of test will not be 2% population
— MickeyBitsko (@MrMickeyBitsko) April 29, 2020
Well this is awkward :/ pic.twitter.com/C2xft7ebMY
— ems (@emsdi1) April 29, 2020
This really is like the Captain of the Titanic saying: “But look at all the icebergs we didn’t hit”
— Jiggs Town (@jiggs416) April 29, 2020