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The U.S. has tested nearly 4 million people, twice as many people as any other country

A CDC laboratory test kit for infection with coronavirus. The kit was found to be flawed, but a replacement has not yet been distributed. (Star Tribune/TNS)

The U.S. has conducted more than 3.5 million COVID-19 tests since January, twice that of any other country on Earth, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University.

The next most tested country is Italy, which has recorded over 1.5 million tests on its population, according to Our World Data.

“Nationwide, we’ve now conducted over four million tests … It’s double the number conducted by any other country on Earth. So that’s more than two times,” said Trump on Saturday. “You hear so much about testing. What we’ve done is incredible.”

The president spoke about the advancement in testing over the years and also highlighted the number being done daily in the U.S. at a previous press briefing.

“We’re now conducting well over 100,000 coronavirus tests per day,” said Trump on Thursday. “It’s over 100,000 tests a day. And these are accurate tests, and they’re moving rapidly, which is more than any other country in the world, both in terms of the raw number and also on a per capita basis, the most.”

Fatalities due to COVID-19 in America surpassed Italy on April 11, making the U.S. the nation with the highest number of deaths due to coronavirus-related illness.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Massachusetts increased to 1,560, with 156 new deaths reported on Saturday.

Statewide, there are now 1,970 new positive cases of the virus, according to the latest figures, up to 36,372 in total. Altogether, 156,806 COVID-19 tests have been carried out by state and commercial labs.


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