South Korea is doing 10,000 coronavirus tests a day. The U.S. is struggling for even a small fraction of that.
The next morning on March 7, he received a text message from the testing center. The results were negative.
Kim is one of more than 240,000 people who have been tested for the coronavirus in South Korea — or about one test per every 250 people, among the highest testing rates in the world.
More than 10,000 tests have been administered each day over the past few weeks since a sudden spike in infections in the southern city of Daegu in late February.
From drive-through kiosks to hospitals to local clinics, hundreds of test sites are available across the country, and the tests are largely free. For the elderly or those too ill to step out, medics visit their homes to take swabs for testing.
South Korea’s testing blitz has emerged as one of the models for rapid and comprehensive responses as some other countries, including the United States, lag well behind.
[Source: Washington Post]