Thursday, January 28

Coronavirus testing in the US has been hampered by multiple problems


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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus test kit for labs


IT IS more than seven weeks since the first case of coronavirus in the US, but according to one estimate, fewer than 2000 people across the country had been tested for the infection by 7 March. In contrast, reports suggest that more than 190,000 people have been checked in South Korea.

One reason for the low figure in the US lies in problems with the tests developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although it sent test kits out to state …