New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Criticizes 'Wealthy' NBA Teams For Coronavirus Tests
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed NBA teams for having access to COVID-19 tests after four Brooklyn Nets players tested positive for coronavirus. Teams including the Nets, Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors say they have gotten tested for the deadly virus while a vast majority of Americans still haven't.
"We wish them a speedy recovery," de Blasio tweeted shortly after the Nets' announcement. "But, with all due respect, an entire NBA team should NOT get tested for COVID-19 while there are critically ill patients waiting to be tested. Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick."
The NBA has indefinitely suspended games after Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus last week. Teammate Donovan Mitchell and reportedly Pistons big man Christian Wood were also infected with COVID-19. The Nets announcedhave coronavirus Tuesday – including injured superstar Kevin Durant.
"Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine," Durant told The Athletic. "We're going to get through this."
The White House coronavirus taskTuesday the nation's system of public and private laboratories are increasing their capacity to test patients amid the quickly spreading coronavirus outbreak. Brett Giroir, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, said at a press briefing at least 60,000 tests have been conducted so far.
Testing in the U.S. remains scarce, but the nation's capability received a boost Friday when the FDA authorized labs to test using a "high-volume" system made by Swiss healthcare company Roche.
Meanwhile, there are more than 900 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 10 deaths linked to the virus in New York City.