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The outbreak of the novel coronavirus will eventually touch all Americans, which means that testing people for the virus should become much more of a priority, according to a longtime Democratic lawmaker.
There have been more than 1.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The virus has killed more than 113,000.
In the United States, there have been 525,704 reported cases, including 20,486 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Yeah, I think that you will see and he will see soon that this virus is going to spread and it will — no one will escape from it,” said Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), in Congress for more than 20 years. “And it is clear that without testing, you know, when I look at the city of New York, one of the things that we’re pushing right now and we need targeted base testing because certain communities have been disproportionately hit.
“And there is a big fight right now, I know that we need to go across America and test, test, test and in those states right now that there is not a high concentration. They should be testing right now to try to get ahead of it. One of the reasons why we are where we are right no is the delay in testing that the president had that could have kept us a little bit in front of this.”
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