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Fact check: No, more testing isn't the reason US coronavirus case numbers are getting worse

July 9, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

No matter how high the daily number of new coronavirus cases has gotten, President Donald Trump has responded with the argument he repeated on Thursday: the big number is just more evidence of the country's success with testing.

Washington (CNN)No matter how high the daily number of new coronavirus cases has gotten, President Donald Trump has responded with the argument he repeated on Thursday: the big number is just more evidence of the country's success with testing.

Trump's own officials and his Republican allies have acknowledged it's not true that a rising number of tests is the reason the number of cases has skyrocketed over the last month.

Trump also keeps saying that the only reason the US has shown more confirmed cases than other countries, such as Germany, is that the US is doing more testing than they are.

In fact, the true number of cases would likely be higher with less testing.

Trump has argued, as he did again on Twitter Thursday, that the US has higher case numbers than other countries only because the US is testing more than those countries are.

Trump has even claimed that the higher number of US tests is the reason the US shows more cases than Germany, a country that has been widely praised for its handling of the pandemic.

"So Germany is going to show fewer cases because they're testing far fewer people -- different-sized countries and all, but they're testing far fewer people," Trump said on Fox News in late June.

It is reasonable to argue that the true number of coronavirus cases in some big countries, such as Brazil and India, is much higher than the confirmed number of cases in those countries, since experts say they are not doing nearly enough testing.

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