U.S. Aims to Expand Number of Diagnostic Kits for Coronavirus; Expand Surveillance Testing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The United States has 75,000 diagnostic kits for testing coronavirus available at the moment and will expand that number “radically” in coming weeks, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told ABC on Sunday.

Azar told the program that surveillance testing of flu-like symptoms was already underway in key urban areas, including San Francisco, but he hoped to expand such testing across the country as the United States scrambles to contain the fast-spreading epidemic.

He said there was likely to be more community spreading of the virus in the United States, and it was uncertain how large the outbreak would become.