President Donald Trump has tweeted that the high number of Covid-19 cases in the US is actually a good thing as it is due to expanded testing, but the “fake news media” refuses to cover the shrinking mortality rate.
“Cases, Cases, Cases! If we didn’t test so much and so successfully, we would have very few cases. If you test 40,000,000 people, you are going to have many cases that, without the testing (like other countries), would not show up every night on the Fake Evening News,” the president tweeted on Saturday.
He continued: “In a certain way, our tremendous Testing success gives the Fake News Media all they want, CASES. In the meantime, Deaths and the all-important Mortality Rate goes down. You don’t hear about that from the Fake News, and you never will. Anybody need any Ventilators???”
Trump’s tweets follow news of Covid-19 cases in the US rising by over 55,000 on Thursday, a new daily global record. The US has recorded more than 2.8 million cases overall and around 130,000 deaths.
States like Florida have seen record rises in Covid-19 infections as well – over 11,000 new cases were reported from the Sunshine State on Friday – which has led governors to walk back on plans to end their lockdowns.
The mortality rate from coronavirus, however, has gone down. While statistics surrounding the virus change on a daily basis and some experts have predicted an impending spike in deaths, the virus has gone from claiming thousands of lives a day in April to about 600 a day now, based on numbers released in the last few weeks.
The president has previously argued that the rise in cases is directly linked to expanded testing.
“Testing is a double-edged sword – Makes us look bad, but good to have!!!” he tweeted.