US To Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity As Death Toll Crosses 80,000

Publish On: 12 May, 2020 04:19 PM | Updated   |   Shivalik  

According to President Donald Trump, the United States has increased its COVID-19 testing capacity and the number of tests being conducted in the country will cross the 10 million mark this week.

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The US continues to the worst affected nation with the highest number of coronavirus infections in the world. So far, the highly infectious virus has killed more than 80,000 people in the country. 

The novel virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December has till now infected more than 4 million people worldwide and killed over  285,000. 

According to data released by the Johns Hopkins University, US has so far recorded over 1.3 million infected cases and more than 80,000 deaths.

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorised over 92 public health laboratories to conduct the tests, and over nine million have been performed in the US. Three weeks ago, the US was conducting roughly 150,000 tests per day, which now has increased to 300,000 tests daily.

Talking to reporters at a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday, Trump said that the United States will cross 10 million tests conducted, nearly double the number of any other country. “We’re testing more people per capita than South Korea, the UK, France, Japan, Sweden, Finland, and many other countries -- and, in some cases, combined,” he said.

He announced that with this every single state in the US will be able to test more people per capita in May alone than South Korea has tested in four months since the pandemic began.

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This has been made possible because of the massive mobilisation of the American industry, including Puritan Medical Products, US Cotton, Abbott Labs, and Thermo Fisher.