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U.S. Government to Ship Millions of Rapid COVID-19 Tests This Week

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2020 -- The U.S. government will start distributing millions of rapid COVID-19 tests to states this week with the goal of reopening schools.

About 6.5 million tests will be shipped this week, and a total of 100 million tests will be sent out during the next several weeks, a senior official told the Associated Press.

Tests will be distributed based on state populations, and governors can use them as they see fit, but the federal government is pushing for the tests to be used to reopen schools.

The move to greatly increase testing comes as the United States has more than 40,000 confirmed new COVID-19 cases a day and experts say there is likely to be a surge of infections in the coming months, the AP reported.

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Posted: September 2020

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