At the same time, statistics from most states show that the epidemic continues to spread.
WASHINGTON – White House expresses satisfaction with progress in national campaign to fight coronavirus pandemic, saying deaths rise is slowing.
“We are heading in the right direction,” White House spokeswoman Kaylee McEnani told reporters Monday..
The US accounts for 20 percent of coronavirus cases worldwide.
About 2.3 million people in the country have tested positive for COVID-19.
The virus killed more than 120 thousand Americans.
“We are pleased to see that the growth of this indicator is slowing down,” said Makenani, commenting on the mortality statistics..
However, 31 out of 50 states reported that the infection reproduction rate exceeded 1, which means that each infected person, on average, transmits the virus to more than one person, which means the epidemic is expanding..
President Donald Trump at a political rally in Oklahoma on Saturday called coronavirus tests a “double-edged sword” as more testing is detected as testing expands.
“When you test at this scale, you find more people, more cases. So I said to my people: please slow down the testing. And they test and test everything, “Trump said..
“It was a joke comment,” McEnani told reporters at a White House briefing on Monday. “The President is leading the way that made us the world leader [in COVID-19 testing].”.
In a TV interview with Scripps on Monday, the president was asked if he was really asking for a reduction in testing. He did not give a direct answer, saying instead: “If we had slowed them down, then we would not even have had so many cases.”.
At a Monday briefing, reporters sought Mackenani’s comment on what Trump called the coronavirus “Kung Flu” at a rally in Tulsa on several occasions..
“"Kung Fu Flu" Is an extremely offensive name for many Asian Americans, “said Weijia Jiang, CBS White House correspondent..
The spokeswoman did not answer the question whether the White House considers such a name to be racist..
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“The media is trying to play games” in the terminology of the virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, China, a spokeswoman said, explaining that “the president has never regretted putting the burden of responsibility on China.”.
Trump will travel to Arizona on Tuesday, where coronavirus cases have doubled in the past two weeks.
President will inspect the construction of the border wall in Yuma, which is one of the hotbeds of the COVID-19 epidemic in the country.
After that, he is scheduled to speak at a church in Phoenix, where more than 3 thousand people will listen to him, mainly from the organization “Students for Trump”.