“We’ve prevailed on testing,” Trump said Monday, standing between the signs.
While the US may have performed the most number of coronavirus tests, it’s nowhere near the world’s leader in testing per capita, multiple studies show.
And health experts say the US isn’t close to the rate of testing needed to safely reopen the economy.
How many tests have been done?
Public health experts say we don’t need to test every American right now. But they say the US still isn’t conducting enough tests to stop the spread of the virus enough to safely reopen the economy.
“This is due to a growing consensus among experts that the US is faring worse in this outbreak than previously thought,” the institute said. “Social distancing measures have been able to stall the sharp increase of infection and death rates — but unlike in many other nations, new cases are only very slowly decreasing.”
On Monday, Trump said the US is conducting about 300,000 tests per day.
How does the US stack up against other countries?
There’s no single definitive ranking system because there are variations in how some countries report their testing.
So CNN looked at different rankings, and each study showed that many other countries have higher per capita testing rates.
“Adding together just the number of tests conducted by Russia, Germany and Italy — the next three countries that have done the most testing — would produce a higher figure. … So, Trump’s claim is not even close to being accurate.”
Republican senators say testing is still insufficient
Lawmakers have urged the administration to keep ramping up testing to help states allow businesses and schools to open.
“All roads back to work and back to school run through testing. And that what our country has done so far on testing is impressive, but not nearly enough,” Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said Tuesday.
“I find our testing record nothing to celebrate whatsoever,” Romney said. “The fact is (South Korea’s) test numbers are going down, down, down now because they don’t have the kind of outbreak now. Ours are going up, up, up, because they have to.”
CNN’s Matthew Hilk, Jeremy Herb, Lauren Fox and Daniel Dale contributed to this report.