Donald Trump said health officials have green-lighted a new coronavirus test that provides results in as little as five minutes.
‘On Friday, the FDA authorized a new test developed by Avid Labs that delivers lightning-fast results in as little as five minutes.’
‘It’s a whole new ballgame…normally this approval process from the FDA would take ten months and even longer, but we did it in four weeks.’
‘Avid has stated that they will begin delivering 50,000 tests each day starting this week.’
Trump went on to praise the country’s coronavirus testing, which he said was the reason behind the countries record-high number of cases.
‘Even before this development, we have been doing more tests than any other country anywhere in the world. It’s one of the reasons we have more cases than other countries,’ Trump said.
As of Sunday evening, the US has confirmed nearly 140,000 Covid-19 cases as more than 2,450 have died from the virus.
‘(Our testing) is also one of the reasons we have one of the lowest mortality rates, because we have been doing more testing, so we have bigger numbers to look at,’ Trump said.
New York has quickly become the country’s epicenter for coronavirus with nearly 60,000 cases and 965 deaths.
To soothe fears that the state, and especially New York City, will run out of beds, Trump has sent the USNS Comfort, a 1,000-hospital bed Navy ship, to dock at New York’s harbor to take overflow patients.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have also responded to the city to create makeshift medical facilities with more hospital beds amid the crisis, including one at the Javitz Center, a large convention center in New York City.
‘What the Army Corps of Engineers did along with FEMA in New York is incredible. They built 2,900 beds-worth of hospital. Incredible hospital,’ Trump said.
‘They did it in less than four days. People have never seen anything like that.’
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