US health official says coronavirus testing system is ‘failing’

The US states hit the hardest by the coronavirus outbreak are struggling to make testing for the virus widely available.

The top United States official on infectious diseases, Anthony Fauci, said on Thursday that people could not get tests for the deadly coronavirus easily and the US testing system is not meeting the country’s needs.

“The system is not really geared to what we need right now … That is a failing. Let’s admit it,” Fauci told a House panel. “The idea of anybody getting it easily the way people in other countries are doing it, we’re not set up for that. Do I think we should be? Yes. But we’re not.”



New York and Washington, the states hit the hardest by the coronavirus outbreak, are struggling to make testing for the virus widely available, and local officials estimate it could take weeks more to reach peak testing capacity.

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While over 1,270 people have been confirmed to have the virus in the United States – and at least 38 have died – according to official data, experts estimate the real number of cases may be far greater.

source: www.aljazeera.com

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