Coronavirus on Track to Worsen in US, Disease Expert Warns

The U.S. is lagging woefully behind on large-scale domestic testing for coronavirus, a senior health expert told Congress on Wednesday, warning that the outbreak will get worse if actual containment efforts don’t get underway soon.

Democrats on the committee, led by Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, excoriated the Trump administration for delays to test-kit distributions at the start of the U.S. outbreak in January and pointed to South Korea’s aggressive containment efforts.

These matters were to be addressed at length but at the top of the hearing, Maloney announced testimony would end prematurely because witnesses, she said, were asked to return to the White House for an emergency meeting. The White House contends there was no emergency meeting and that the session was planned.

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