On Sunday, US President Donald Trump said his country has executed more tests for COVID-19 than ten countries. The country had tested 4.18 million people which is “a record” anywhere in the world.
At a press conference in the White House, Mr Trump said, “We have done more testing than all of these countries combined — France, United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India, Austria, Australia, Sweden and Canada.”
His declaration comes after the death toll in the US crossed 40,000 with a total 764,000 infections, a tally from Johns Hopkins University showed. On Sunday, Johns Hopkins data showed that the death toll raised by 1,997 which is marginally above Saturday.
In the US, New York has become the epicenter of the deadly virus. The city alone has recorded 2,42,000 cases and 17,600 fatalities so far. Discussing about lockdown, he said, “We would’ve had millions of people die if we didn’t do this.”
“Instead, it looks like we’ll be at about a 60,000-mark, which is 40,000 less than the lowest number (1,00,000) thought of,” he said. “It’s similar to a flu.”
He said that his administration is doing a great job on fighting the virus. He mentioned Seattle, Detroit, New Orleans, Indianapolis and Houston Metro areas have improved in a great way.
“More evidence that our aggressive strategy is working and I thank the American people for their selfless devotion,” he said.
“We have to be safe. We don’t want to close anything. We’re not going to be closing, but we’re going to be doing it beautifully, systematically,” the president said.