Tulsa, United States:
US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he encouraged coronavirus workers to slow testing and argued that increased testing leads to more cases being discovered.
The President has incorrectly claimed on several occasions that the increase in COVID-19 in several states can be explained by increased diagnostic tests.
At its first rally since the outbreak, which forced nationwide shutdowns in March, Trump told the crowd in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that testing was a "double-edged sword."
The United States – with more deaths and cases than any other country – has performed around 27 million coronavirus tests, making it the 26th largest per capita in the world.
"Here's the bad part: if you test to this extent, you'll find more people, you'll find more cases," Trump argued.
"So I said" slow down the tests. "You test and test them."
It was not clear from Trump's tone whether he was playing in front of the crowd cheering when he spoke or whether he was serious.
Coronavirus cases have increased in several states, including Oklahoma, and local health officials have asked Trump to postpone the rally, fearing it would spread.
Six members of an advance team that worked before the rally in Tulsa tested positive for COVID-19, the Trump campaign said a few hours before the president took office.
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