Greater testing is not driving coronavirus case load

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25-Jun-2020 1:00 PM EDT, by Newswise

Fact Check By: Louis Jacobson at PolitiFact, Newswise

Truthfulness: False

Claim:

Cases up only because of our big number testing. Mortality rate way down!!!

Claim Publisher and Date: Twitter feed by U.S. President Donald Trump on 2020-06-23

From PolitiFact

• If increased testing were the only reason for a surge in new cases, the percentage of positive tests should be dropping or at least remaining about the same.

• That pattern did occur from early April to early June, a period when the availability of testing expanded significantly. 

• However, that’s no longer the case. Since early June, the amount of testing being conducted has continued to reach new highs, yet the positivity rate has risen by a full percentage point.

 

 

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