he doesn't like those numbers. Kellyanne Conway said the President was obviously joking. The people in the audience didn't think so
Amid surging coronavirus infections nationwide, President Trump said at his campaign rally in Tulsa Saturday night that he told officials to administer fewer coronavirus tests to keep case numbers down.
After claiming the United States has tested 25 million people, Trump said: “When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please!’ ” A White House official later told The Washington Post that Trump was joking.
Eight states on Saturday reported their highest single-day case counts since the pandemic began, and daily new infections nationwide exceeded 30,000 on both Friday and Saturday. The country has not seen daily totals that high in more than seven weeks.
Here are some significant developments:
- Spain ended its months-long state of emergency on Sunday, allowing in tourists from most of Europe but warning that measures must be followed to avoid a second wave.
- States across the South and West — Florida, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, Nevada and Missouri — set records for single-day confirmed cases, and 13 states reached highs in seven-day new-case averages.
- The test kits for detecting the nation’s earliest cases failed because of “likely” contamination at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a new federal review.
- Six members of Trump’s campaign advance team for his Tulsa rally tested positive for the virus, according to the president’s campaign.
- The National Institutes of Health said it halted a clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine for treating coronavirus patients, saying it “provides no benefit."