On Saturday, US President Donald Trump said he has asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because robust testing causes too many cases of coronavirus. At his campaign rally in Tulsa, Mr. Trump said that the US has tested 25 million people so far, which is far more than any other country. According to him, the “bad part” is the widespread testing leading to more cases of the virus.
“When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases,” Trump said. “So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’ They test and they test.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump for his decision to slow down testing and claimed the President was putting politics ahead of the safety and health of Americans.
“In an outrageous moment that will be remembered long after tonight’s debacle of a rally, President Trump just admitted that he’s putting politics ahead of the safety and economic well-being of the American people — even as we just recorded the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in almost two months and 20 million workers remain out of work,” according to the Biden campaign’s statement.
The outbreak has killed about 120,000 people in the U.S.The number of newly confirmed cases per day has risen from about 21,400 two weeks ago to 23,200. Georgia, Florida and Arizona states have already relaxed their stay-at-home restrictions despite the daily raising numbers of deaths as well as infections.
Just hours before the President was expected to arrive in Oklahoma, the Trump administration said in a statement that that six staffers working on the rally had tested positive for coronavirus.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement that “per safety protocols, campaign staff are tested for COVID-19 before events. Six members of the advance team tested positive out of hundreds of tests performed, and quarantine procedures were immediately implemented.”