U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday, April 27, at a White House press briefing in Washington that there is enough coronavirus testing to begin reopening the country.
New national guidelines were unveiled Monday by the federal government that place the onus on the 50 states to conduct testing for COVID-19.
“Testing plans and rapid response programs will be federally supported, State managed, and locally executed,” according to a documented titled: Blueprint for Testing Plans and Rapid Response Programs.
The federal government is to “act as the supplier of last resort,” the document notes.
Governors of the states were briefed by Trump and members of his administration earlier in the day on a conference call.
The governors are “as thrilled as they can be” and have everything they need, Trump asserted during a news conference later Monday.
A scheduled press briefing by the White House coronavirus task force, however, was put on Monday’s White House schedule before being canceled and then re-scheduled as a presidential news conference.
The president was widely ridiculed last week after he suggested looking into whether inserting light and disinfectants into the human body could fight the coronavirus.
There are more than 3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world — about one-third of them in the United States, the country with the most reported infections.
The number of U.S. fatalities from the coronavirus exceeds 55,000.