Is that why we have so many fatalities as well?

Courtesy of The Independent

Donald Trump has again made the claim that the only reason why coronavirus cases are up across the United States was because of the increased testing initiative.

It was reported on Friday that the US recorded its largest single-day jump in cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic – with 83,000 new Covid-19 cases.

Mr. Trump addressed the rise in cases during a campaign rally in Lumberton, North Carolina, on Saturday by blaming testing.

“You know why we have cases? It’s because we test so much,” the president told his rally crowd. “In a lot of ways it’s good, and in a lot of ways it’s foolish.”

The president went on to state that the Covid-19 mortality rate was down “because of the therapeutics”, which was correct, but that other countries didn’t have as many cases because they didn’t test as much, which was incorrect.

“If we tested half, cases would be half,” Mr. Trump said.

During the rally Mr. Trump added: “That’s all I hear about now. Turn on television, ‘Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid’.

“A plane goes down, 500 people dead, they don’t talk about it. ‘Covid Covid Covid Covid.’ By the way, on November 4th, you won’t hear about it anymore. ‘Covid! Covid! Please don’t go and vote, Covid!'”

Actually according to this statistics website (Link) America rates third in the number of citizens tested, falling behind Israel and the UK. 

However, despite that, the United Kingdom has a little more than 857,000 cases and Israel shows 309,400 plus cases while the US remains number one with a bullet at well over 5,584,000 cases.

Aggressive testing does not explain this away, nor does it explain why we have almost a quarter of a million deaths. 

There is a way to minimize the spread of this virus, and it is not accomplished by deflecting blame and refusing to do the things that scientists are telling us must be done.