The federal government plans to stop funding and support for 13 new coronavirus testing sites in five states on June 30.The 13 affected sites are located in Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, Colorado and Pennsylvania. These sites were established by the federal government in the early stages of the outbreak to improve detection capabilities and reduce the burden on local and state governments.
Funds for the test sites will expire on June 30, the report said, and federal officials are said to have decided not to extend their use.
President trump said over the weekend that the high infection rate in the United States was the result of extensive testing, adding that officials had been asked to start scaling back tests.
Although the number of new coronavirus tests in the United States exceeds that in any other country, it lags far behind in terms of per capita virus testing. According to worldometer, countries such as Iceland and the United Kingdom have more tests per capita than the United States.
Texas is probably the state most affected by federal decisions. The state is home to seven of the 13 affected sites, with daily confirmed cases hitting a new high this week.
Ricky Vaz, Dallas City's Emergency Management Director, told the media that he had asked for an extension of funding for the testing site, but had been refused. Vaz said the city may need to hire private contractors to replace federal test stations.