WORLD Fake coronavirus testing kits seized at Los Angeles airport

WORLD

Fake coronavirus testing kits seized at Los Angeles airport

AP

02:03, March 16, 2020

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The parcel arriving from the United Kingdom this week was declared as purified water vials valued at nearly $200. But when US Customs and Border Protection inspected it they discovered the labels referring to the novel conoravirus.

"The American public should be aware of bogus home testing kits for sale either online or in informal direct to consumer settings," the agency said in a statement Saturday.

Testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is only conducted in verified state and local public laboratories across the country. On Friday, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency and laid out new testing strategies after health care professionals, politicians and patients across the country complained about lack of access to testing.

However, public confusion persisted over who should be tested and how to get checked for the disease.

No further details, including any arrest connected to the intercepted package, were released. The vials were turned over to the US Food and Drug Administration for analysis.

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