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With between 20,000 and 30,000 new U.S. coronavirus cases reported daily over the past week, President Donald Trump said that he ordered officials to slow down testing for the virus.

"You know, testing is a double edged sword," Trump said at his campaign rally in Tulsa on Saturday. He recounted that he was told that "when you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down, please. "

There are 2,255,801 COVID-19 cases in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University, and there have been nearly 120,00 deaths so far.

A Trump administration official said the president was joking about asking for testing to be slowed down, but the public remarks continue a dangerous narrative that Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and other Republican elected officials have been trying to perpetuate: That any increase in coronavirus cases is purely because of ramped-up testing, and not due to actual spread.

Epidemiologists say that widespread testing is one of the keys to reopening communities in a safe, responsible way, as locating where cases are will help public health officials trace clusters and eventually control the spread. As NY State has increased testing—combined with identifying hotspots, the lockdown, mask-wearing, and social distancing guidelines—cases have dropped significantly.

Last week, Trump said, "If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any." Texas Governor Greg Abbott claimed that record spikes of COVID-19 cases in his state were due to testing. But hospitalizations, considered the best indicators of spread, have risen to record levels for nine days straight.

The president also used his Tulsa rally to rely on a racist way of discussing the virus: He called it "Kung flu."

"By the way, it’s a disease without question, has more names than any disease in history. I can name, 'Kung flu.'" he said. "I can name, 19 different versions of names."

A CBS reporter, Weijia Jiang, said that in March, a White House official called the coronavirus "Kung flu" to her face. Trump has previously referred to it as the "Chinese virus."

There had been worries about Trump holding a rally during the pandemic, especially as his campaign manager claimed a million people registered for the event. The Trump campaign had been asking attendees not to sue if they did contract COVID-19. Ahead of the rally, six people helping with set-up were found to have the virus; they were quickly isolated.

The rally was held at the BOK Center, where the capacity is 19,000, with overflow areas outside. By the time of the event, crews were dismantling the overflow section because there was no overflow crowd and the BOK Center was reportedly one-third empty. TikTok users and K-Pop stans said that they registered for tickets to create an embarrassment for the Trump campaign.