New Yorkers waiting up to nine days for test results

New York City is facing a worrying delay in returning coronavirus test results, which could hinder efforts to reopen the state.

The New York Times reports that thousands of locals have had to wait up to nine days for their results – a delay caused in part by spikes in other states like California, Florida and Texas.

The delays hinder authorities’ ability to quickly identify and isolate people who test positive for the virus, and stop them from spreading it even further.

New York was once the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, having suffered more than 30,000 deaths. But the state has since managed to slow the spread, while other parts of the country have seen a dramatic spike in the past few months.

At its peak in April, testing was relatively hard to come by, but authorities are now urging people to get tested as much as possible.

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It comes as the United States is hurtling towards a worrying COVID-19 record — a million new cases in just over two weeks.

The spread of the virus is picking up speed, with the United States having the dubious honour of being the country with the most confirmed cases and deaths.

After the US reported its first coronavirus case on January 21 it took 99 days for the country to have a million confirmed cases, CNN reports.

From there it took 43 days for the US to reach two million, and then by July 8, there were three million Americans diagnosed with COVID-19.

As of today Johns Hopkins University is reporting that the United States is sitting on more than four million confirmed coronavirus cases.


According to US President Donald Trump the country has conducted more than 50 million coronavirus tests.

Mr Trump on Tuesday warned that the pandemic was likely to get worse before it gets better but repeated his claim that the pandemic would somehow “disappear”.

The US president has been a critic of lockdown measures and has argued in favour of reopening the economy even as death tolls have climbed.

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The production of a vaccine is now being seen as key to ensuring a return to something close to normality.

More than 200 candidate drugs are being developed, with 23 having progressed to clinical trials.

The United States has agreed to pay almost $2.8 billion for 100 million doses of a potential vaccine being developed by German firm BioNTech and US giant Pfizer.

Another leading candidate, developed in part by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, registered promising results from clinical trials this week.

But the firm’s chief said on Tuesday a global rollout was not imminent. “We hope to be able to produce a vaccine by the end of the year … perhaps a little earlier if all goes well,” said Pascal Soriot.

– with AFP

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