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Trump’s Boast About U.S., South Korea Coronavirus Testing Misses The Mark  

By Editor - Wed Mar 25, 3:58 pm

“We’ve done more tests in eight days than South Korea has done in eight weeks.” President Donald Trump during a March 24 “virtual town hall” hosted by Fox News This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact . This story can be republished for free ( details ). Boasting about his administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis — and arguing the outbreak would soon be under control — President Donald Trump claimed that recent American efforts to test widely for COVID-19 surpass those of other countries. “We’ve done more tests in eight days than South Korea has done in eight weeks,” Trump said during a March 24 virtual town hall hosted by Fox News, reiterating a statement made just moments before by Dr. Deborah Birx, the head of the White House coronavirus response. The statement was repeated during the White House briefing that evening. Trump doubled down the next day, tweeting that “over an eight day span, the United States now does more testing than what South Korea (which has been a very successful tester) does over an eight week span.” Why the comparison with South Korea? South Korea has been heralded globally for its swift response to the pandemic, which appears to have slowed its rate of new infections.

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Trump’s Boast About U.S., South Korea Coronavirus Testing Misses The Mark

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