President Donald Trump touted a new coronavirus test that produces results in minutes as opposed to days and announced Monday that more than 1 million Americans have been tested for the disease.
“The numbers have been incredible on testing,” Trump said. “In the days ahead we’re going to go even faster on testing.”
USA Today. I saw similar quotes from Trump on the CNN web site.
This doesn't seem possible given that:
At a press briefing [on March 24th], Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters, "We now have 370,000 tests that have been done. The majority of those -- over 220,000 in the last eight days, which, those of you who have been tracking the South Korea numbers, put us equivalent to what they did in eight weeks that we did in eight days." CNN
220,000 in 8 days would be 27,500 per day. Even if you account for "ramping up" to maybe 50,000 per day, that would bring the total to just 370,000 + 6 * 50,000 = 670,000.