Trump Lauds U.S. COVID-19 Testing Capacity As Case Tally Tops One Million
The U.S. has reported over one million coronavirus infections because of its testing, President Trump stated on Wednesday, hailing the effort as being “much better than any other nation on the planet.”
The Twitter comments came amid warnings from state public health officers that shortages of trained staff and supplies have limited testing capacity.
The tally shows the U.S. has by far the world’s most confirmed cases at more than one million, with total deaths exceeding 58,000 by late Tuesday.
Cases exceeded 3.1 million worldwide, with over 216,000 deaths.
The rise pressures efforts to boost testing capacity and health officers flagged the challenge of getting tests to those who need them most.
Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated every American in need of a virus test ought to be able to get one by the end of May or the start of June.
The virus has taken an unusual toll of the U.S. economy, with a likely shrink in the first quarter at its sharpest pace since the Great Recession, as strict moves to contain the virus spread almost shut down the nation, ending the longest growth in its history.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits over the past five weeks has soared to 26.5 million, or almost one in six U.S. workers, and the Trump administration has estimated an April unemployment rate surpassing 16%.