U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he tested negative for COVID-19 after taking a second test.
READ MORE: Trump announced his test results during a White House briefing. Trump used the new test developed by Abbott Laboratories that can reportedly detect the new coronavirus in as little as 5 minutes. The test was approved last week.
During the briefing, Trump also made a plea to health care workers to aid New York hospitals and medical centers. He urged them to visit nyc.gov/helpnow.
“They need help now. They need people to help them,” he said. The COVID-19 death toll in New York surpassed 2,300 Thursday.
The president used the briefing to take a jab a congressional Democrats, saying, “It’s not any time for witch hunts. It’s time to get this enemy defeated.”
Earlier in the day, Trump took aim at some U.S. state governors who have said they do not have enough medical equipment to treat the thousands of coronavirus victims pouring into hospitals looking for help.
With the U.S. death toll topping 5,100, Trump defended the national government’s response to the crisis, saying on Twitter, “Massive amounts of medical supplies, even hospitals and medical centers, are being delivered directly to states and hospitals.” (VOA/AP)