- Title: U.S. lawmaker lauds South Korea's response to coronavirus
- Date: 13th March 2020
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (MARCH 11, 2020) (UNRESTRICTED POOL) CHAIRWOMAN OF THE HOUSE GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT AND REFORM COMMITTEE CAROLYN MALONEY (D-NY) PREPARING TO LEAD A HEARING ABOUT CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE WITNESSES GETTING READY TO TESTIFY, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES DIRECTOR ANTHONY FAUCI AND CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION DIRECTOR ROBERT REDFIELD (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRWOMAN OF THE HOUSE GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT AND REFORM COMMITTEE CAROLYN MALONEY, SAYING: "Yesterday, Director Redfield testified that CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has tested about 4,900 people. By comparison, South Korea tested more than 66,000 people with just one within just one week of its first case of community transmission. South Korea has now tested more than 196,000 people. But we are not anywhere close to that. They started conducting drive through testing, but people here in the United States can't even get tested by their own doctors. This is the United States of America. We're supposed to be leading the world. Instead, we are trailing far behind. How did South Korea test so many people so quickly? But we didn't even test a fraction of that number. Why did it take so long? We must do better." PANEL OF HEALTH OFFICIALS END OF HEARING MALONEY WALKING IN CHAMBER
- Keywords: COVID- House Oversight committee Maloney South Korea USA coronavirus drive-through screening clinics
- Reuters ID: LVA001C4VY5ON
- Location: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:01:38
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney on Wednesday (March 11) praised South Korea's response to the coronavirus crisis and the country's drive-through screening clinics as she opened a hearing about preparedness and response on Capitol Hill.
"This is the United States of America. We're supposed to be leading the world. Instead, we are trailing far behind. How did South Korea test so many people so quickly? But we didn't even test a fraction of that number. Why did it take so long? We must do better," the lawmaker asked a panel of top U.S. health officials.
Health experts have said a shortage of diagnostic test kits has made it difficult to gauge the full scale of outbreaks in the United States and curtail transmission of the virus.
More than 1,300 U.S. cases of coronavirus have been confirmed and 33 people have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The hardest-hit U.S. states, such as New York and Washington state, have struggled to quickly expand testing capacity to make such screening widely available.
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