Jul 09, 2020 07:17 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Aug 01, 2020 21:48 Asia/Tehran]
  • Photo by: New York Times
    Photo by: New York Times

The US newspaper, New York Times reported that despite of months into the Corona crisis, US cities still lack testing capacities.

Iran PressAmerica: According to the New York Times, in the early months of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, testing posed a significant problem in the US, and still, as cases have surged in many states, the demand for testing has soared, surpassing capacity and creating a new testing crisis in the country.

"In many cities, officials said a combination of factors was now fueling the problem: a shortage of certain supplies, backlogs at laboratories that process the tests, and skyrocketing growth of the virus as cases climb in almost 40 states and the nation approaches a grim new milestone of three million total cases," the Times reported.

"But the images of long lines at testing sites and complaints from mayors about the lack of a coordinated, overarching federal testing system have placed the White House on the defensive," it added.

The US newspaper continues in its report: "But testing in the United States has not kept pace with other countries, notably in Asia, which have been more aggressive. Chinese officials who were monitoring infections in Wuhan, where the pandemic began, tested 6.5 million people in a matter of days in May."

The US Coronavirus outbreak crossed a grim new milestone of over 3 million confirmed cases on Tuesday and more than 130,000 deaths as more states reported record numbers of new infections, and Florida faced an impending shortage of intensive care unit hospital beds.

Meantime, despite the intensifying of the Corona crisis in the US, after more than 70 years of membership, the country led by President Donald Trump moved to quit the WHO amid escalating tensions with China over the Coronavirus pandemic. 207

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