Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday that, with the exception of a few places, the United States is seeing strong drops in COVID-19-related hospitalization and mortality rates, attributing the “vast majority” of new cases to a surge in testing.
Speaking at a White House roundtable, Pence said that increased cases of COVID-19 infections in some states were caused by a “dramatic increase in testing.”
“Our team has been working with governors over the past week. We’re carefully analyzing those new cases, and we really believe that the vast majority of new cases is a reflection, as you said, of a dramatic increase in testing,” Pence said, responding to a question from President Donald Trump about nationwide case counts of COVID-19, the disease caused by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus.
Trump reinforced the message at the roundtable, saying, “If we stopped testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any.”
Data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that, nationwide, the positive case rate is falling, though at a slower rate than testing.