According to real-time data from Johns Hopkins University, as of around 09:17 on March 30, there were more than 163,000 confirmed cases and more than 3,000 deaths in the United States.
US President Donald trump insisted on Monday that the us’s ability to detect coronavirus was “on par” with other countries, criticising a journalist who questioned why the us did not test as many people per capita as South Korea.
At a White House news conference on Monday night, Mr. Trump said that the U.S. population was much more dispersed and that areas with lower population density were less affected by Covid19, meaning those areas did not need to be tested.
“I know Korea better than anyone,” trump asked Yamiche Alcindor of “PBS news time. This is a very densely populated area. Do you know how many people there are in Seoul?”
Mr Trump described Seoul’s composition as “38 million people tied together”, even though the south Korean capital’s population is estimated at around 10m.
“We have extensive farmland. We have wide areas where people don’t have too many problems. In some cases, they don’t have any problems, “the President continued. “We do more testing — I’m not saying per capita — we do more testing than any other country in the world.”
In the past few days, Mr. Trump has repeatedly trumpeted the federal government’s efforts to step up nuclear testing, particularly by comparing them with South Korea.
Dr. Deborah Birx, who coordinates the federal response to the coronavirus, said last week that the United States had tested more patients in eight days than South Korea in eight weeks.
Still, the United States lags behind other countries in per-capita covid-19 testing, and has faced scrutiny for delays in testing during the early stages of the virus’s domestic spread.
At a press conference in the White House rose garden on Monday, Trump administration officials announced that more than a million Americans had been tested, which he described as a “milestone in the fight against the virus.”
But he also warned that the next 30 days would be challenging and important. “the harder we work now, the sooner we can win the battle and get back to life,” he said.
Mr. Trump reiterated the importance of social distancing, saying that more than a million American lives could be saved through its implementation, and that “the sacrifices we make determine the fate of the virus and the fate of our victory.”
Mr. Trump also pointed to a test recently passed by Abbott Laboratories that could produce coronavirus results in about five minutes, which he said would help speed up testing further.
“We also test better than any other country in the world. This is a game-changing thing, “Trump said in an exchange with journalist Alcindor, whom he also clashed with about her questions at a news conference the day before.
Mr. Trump told her on Monday: “you shouldn’t ask questions like that. You should congratulate those who did the testing because we inherited a broken system, an outdated system, a system that didn’t work.”