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Washington, May 10 (Canadian-Media): With the climbing of the U.S. death toll above 78,000 due to new coronavirus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced opening of 22 new sites to provide expanded coronavirus testing for thousands of residents to allow epidemiologists to trace the disease’s spread, media reports said.
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Some restrictions on travel and business that have crippled the nation’s economy have been lifted by state leaders across the U.S.
The opening of 22 new sites to be housed at churches in low-income areas will target black and Hispanic New Yorkers, communities that have been disproportionately affected by the disease, Cuomo said.
Cuomo also encouraged residents to obtain tests, even if they had no symptoms.
Meanwhile other states had already made efforts to expandg testing of the novel coronavirus.
Delaware Gov. John Carney said Friday his state would try to quadruple its testing ability.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday that restrictions were being lifted on those who can order the tests, allowing pharmacists as well as doctors.
These efforts were made after of America’s most prominent public-health doctors said the country needs to double the amount of testing to conduct at least four million a week to track the disease.