WASHINGTON - There are more tests being run for potential patients with coronavirus, according to White House officials, which means there will be a "dramatic" increase in the number of cases.
"We will see the number of people diagnosed dramatically increase over the next four of five days," said Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator during a press conference.
She added that because of testing improvements, more tests will be run more frequently and more tests will become available. The big spike in cases may raise alarms for people, but, she said, it is a result of a backlog of tests.
During the Wednesday briefing, President Donald Trump said the administration is working to determine whether "self-swabbing" is an accurate alternative for the test.
He said we have a "current process that's a little bit difficult, if you haven't done it." A few days ago, Trump tested negative for the coronavirus.
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