The US state of Maryland has obtained 500,000 coronavirus checks ordered from South Korea, a cargo Governor Larry Hogan mentioned can be “game-changing” to efforts to implement widespread testing.
“It permits us to determine those that are sick and people who have the virus and it will possibly assist us isolate them and do our contact tracing,” Hogan informed a press convention within the state capital Annapolis.
The $9 million buy can be “an exponential, game-changing step ahead on our large-scale testing initiative,” Hogan mentioned.
The governor mentioned the checks have been purchased from an organization known as LabGenomics, and a Korean Airways aircraft arrived at Baltimore-Washington airport on Saturday with the cargo.
Hogan credited his spouse, Yumi, who’s of South Korean origin, with serving to to barter the acquisition.
The administration of US President Donald Trump has mentioned there are sufficient checks for every state to maneuver in to “section one”, ending some stay-at-home restrictions.
However Hogan and a number of other different US governors have complained a few lack of testing capability that might enable them to securely start reopening their states.
Hogan mentioned greater than 71,400 checks have been carried out in Maryland, which has a inhabitants of six million, and there have been 13,684 confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 and 516 deaths.
Chatting with CNN on Sunday, he mentioned the scarcity of testing was the main downside in the US.
“The administration, I believe, is attempting to ramp up testing,” he mentioned. “They’re doing a little issues with respect to non-public labs.
“However to try to push this off to say that the governors have loads of testing and they need to simply get to work on testing — one way or the other we aren’t doing our job — is simply completely false,” he mentioned.
Whereas Trump in current days has appeared to again demonstrators protesting in opposition to lockdown measures, Hogan and different governors have warned about opening up too quickly and risking one other wave of infections.
The Maryland governor mentioned he would unveil a “roadmap to restoration” for the japanese state later this week.
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