Mr. Trump inexactly described a website in development to reduce the outbreak.
Mr. Trump Said –
“I want to thank Google. Google is helping to develop a website; it’s going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past, to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location.”
In reality, it turned out that Mr. Trump was lying. Mr. Trump misquoted the company developing the website and expanded its scope. Just After Mr. Trump spoke, Google announced a statement on Twitter from Verily. Verily is a separate subsidiary of Google’s parent company.
“We are developing a tool to help triage individuals for Covid-19 testing. Verily is in the early stages of development, and planning to roll testing out in the Bay Area, with the hope of expanding more broadly over time,” the statement read.
It was originally decided that the website would only be used by health care workers, the spokesperson said. Mr. trump’s statement made the company to make the website available to the public. The purpose of the website is to direct people to “pilot sites” for testing in the bay area, said the spokesperson.
Verily aims to deploy the project nationwide if the pilot succeeds. However, there is no timetable for a nationwide rollout.
As the coronavirus spreads, another dangerous virus has followed closely behind. The scourge of government leaders and official authorities confusing data, suppressing information, and misinforming citizens about the outbreak.
During Trump’s first press conference on the matter, he insisted “We’re testing everybody that we need to test,” which was completely untrue. During a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he repeated the same lie, – “As of right now and yesterday, anybody that needs a test [can have one], that’s the important thing.”
Trump claims (falsely) all Americans returning to country are being tested:"We have heavily tested. If an American coming back or anybody coming back, we have a tremendous testing set up where people coming in have to be tested … if it shows positive … We have to quarantine." pic.twitter.com/ndGlKmSFJh
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 12, 2020
On Thursday, Trump tripled down the lie, telling reporters. “Frankly, the testing has been going very smoothly.”