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- Global cases: At least 209,839, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization
- Global deaths: At least 8,778, according to the latest figures from the WHO
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12:45 pm: WHO working to ramp up test kit supply
The World Health Organization is working with coronavirus test kit makers and the private sector to scale up manufacturing and improve the supply chain.
“The supply chains are not able to keep up with the demand,” said Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the WHO. She added that the shortages are not just for the tests but include a range of products from swabs needed to take samples to commonly used lab materials.
Swaminathan said it was encouraging that China reported zero local cases for the second day in a row on Friday, but said it would be cautious to wait 14 days to be sure that local transmission has stopped.
“What we’ve heard is very encouraging, and it gives hope, I…