L.A. to Be First Major U.S. City to Offer Wide-Scale Covid-19 Tests


(Bloomberg) -- Los Angeles will offer free Covid-19 tests to all residents of the county regardless of their symptoms, becoming the first major U.S. city to make wide-scale tests available.

“So long as Covid-19 spreads, we have to scale up our response,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in an emailed statement, calling the coronavirus a “silent killer.” He said in an earlier briefing that the test would only be available to residents in the city of L.A.

The county reported 56 new deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total to 1,056, and added 1,541 new cases for a total count of 22,485.

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