The novel coronavirus has killed over 145,000 people across the globe. However, over 2.1 million people have been tested positive for COVID-19 worldwide. 22 Million people in the US have filed for unemployment currently. The virus has hit hard US, Italy, Spain and other countries. The death toll rises to over 33,000 in the US. However, the virus has killed 22,170 in Italy.
President Donald Trump:
In his call with senators on Thursday, President Trump heard a similar message he received a day earlier from business leaders: the country needs to dramatically increase its testing capabilities before states can reopen.
In the phone call with Democratic and Republican senators, Trump was told by some lawmakers that without the increased testing, asymptomatic people may return to workplaces and unknowingly spread the virus, creating further contagion, according to people familiar with the call.
Trump countered by saying his administration had worked to scale up testing and repeated his dubious claim that the United States had tested more people than any other country.
He also pointed to a new test that people could administer themselves that uses saliva, a person familiar with the conversation said.