Trump announces plan to distribute 150 million rapid coronavirus test kits

WION Web Team WASHINGTON Sep 29, 2020, 07.02 AM(IST)

US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Photograph:( AFP )

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The United States has the world’s highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at more than 7 million and the most coronavirus-related deaths, approaching 205,000.

US President Trump on Monday informed that the American government will distribute 150 million rapid, point-of-care coronavirus tests to states over the next few weeks.

“In the old days when we just started this you remember we’d go out and we’d have to find these massive laboratories with tremendously expensive equipment. Now we’re down to something, that you’ll see, is really from a different planet," Trump said during a press conference.

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“We’re announcing our plan to distribute 150 million Abbott rapid point-of-care tests in the coming weeks,” he said.

Trump said 50 million tests will go to the “most vulnerable communities” including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health and hospice care. Nearly 1 million will be sent to historically Black colleges and universities and tribal nation colleges.

He said 100 million tests would be given to states and territories to “support efforts to reopen their economies and schools immediately and (as) fast as they can.”

This decision by Trump govt matters the most because the White House administration has stressed the importance of reopening schools in allowing parents to return to work and jumpstarting the economy.

The United States has the world’s highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at more than 7 million and the most coronavirus-related deaths, approaching 205,000.

(With inputs from agencies)

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