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US tests for COVID-19 see significant drop as death toll continues to rise

WASHINGTON DC (AP) - U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day.

It's a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test and days or weeks to find out the results.

An Associated Press analysis finds that the number of tests per day slid 3.6% over the past two weeks to 750,000, with the count falling in 22 states.

That includes places like Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and Iowa where the percentage of positive tests is high and continuing to climb, an indicator that the virus is still spreading uncontrolled.

Associated Press

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