Donald Trump boasts 1.5million coronavirus cases in US is ‘badge of honour’

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The US is the worst affected country in the world from COVID-19, seeing 1,591,991 cases and 94,994 deaths so far.

The president made the strange remarks at the White House to reporters tonight.

Trump said: “By the way, you know when you say that we lead in cases, that’s because we have more testing than anybody else.

“So when we have a lot of cases, I don’t look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better.

“So I view it as a badge of honour.

“Really, it’s a badge of honour.

“It’s a great tribute to the testing and all of the work that a lot of professionals have done.”

The US is leading in total tests conducted for COVID-19 worldwide, with 14,117,870.

This figure has been touted by Trump’s administration as a point of pride.

But testing per one million in the population shows that the US places 34th worldwide, with only 42,680.

The UK just beats out the US at 33rd, with 42,924.

Infectious disease experts said in a new report released Wednesday that coronavirus testing in the United States is disorganised and needs coordination at the national level.

The team at the University of Minnesota said testing is not accurate enough to use alone to make most decisions, including who should go back to work or to school.

Mike Osterholm, head of the university’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), which issued the report, told CNN: “Testing is very, very important, but we’re not doing the right testing.

“The data is really kind of screwed up.

“It’s because the public health system is overwhelmed.”


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Osterholm also noted that some states are combining data from diagnostic tests and antibody tests to make estimates about how many people have been infected.

The Food and Drug Administration advises against using tests in this way and so does Osterholm.

He said: “You need to do the right test at the right time to get the right result.

“Nobody is thinking through that.

“Plus, there’s not enough coordination to ensure that states have the testing supplies they need.

“This is a system and if a system breaks down anywhere, it breaks down everywhere.

“What good are the test results if you can’t trust them?”

President Trump also defended his decision to take hydroxychloroquine despite studies showing it’s danger.

The remarks were in reference to a study of hundreds of patients treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, in which more of those in a group who were administered hydroxychloroquine died than among those who weren’t.

He said: “If you look at the one survey, the only bad survey, they were giving it to people that were in very bad shape.

“They were very old.

“Almost dead.

“It was a Trump enemy statement.”

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