The CDC only tested 77 people for coronavirus between Sunday and Wednesday of this week, according to a concerning new report by Yahoo News. President Trump has nevertheless doubled down on his claims that testing in the country is "going very smooth," despite the fact that nations like South Korea are testing, by comparison, upwards of 15,000 people per day.
So far, there are 1,300 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, but "more testing will inevitably reveal more coronavirus cases," Yahoo News writes, going on to quote former Department of Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem, who warned The Atlantic that "low case counts so far may reflect not an absence of the pathogen but a woeful lack of testing."
Part of that is thanks to the fact that many African countries preemptively prepared for the outbreak by setting up testing capabilities as long ago as early February, Quartz reports (as of Wednesday, Senegal only has 13 confirmed cases). But Senegalese scientists are also on the forefront of testing. In partnership with the UK-based Mologic, scientists at Dakar's Pasteur Institute are helping to develop a handheld coronavirus test kit that could diagnose COVID-19 within 10 minutes. The kit, which is being authenticated by five other international research organizations and would be manufactured in Senegal, could greatly help manage the outbreak, CNN reports.