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South Korea To Send COVID-19 Testing Kits To U.S.



South Korea is planning to send 600,000 COVID-19 testing kits to the United States on Tuesday.

A Seoul official told Reuters on Monday.

The President of the United States, Donald Trump made the request for testing kits in a telephone call on March 25 with the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in as the United States was battling with outbreaks of COVID-19 in many states.

A U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency cargo plane carrying the equipment is scheduled to leave at 10:30 p.m. (1330 GMT) on Tuesday, the official said on condition of anonymity due to the diplomatic sensitivity of the issue.

The official stated that South Korea’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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South Korean companies had previously shipped test kits to U.S. cities including Los Angeles but this would mark the first bulk order from the U.S. Federal Government.

The United States has recorded more fatalities from the virus than any other country, nearly 22,000 as of Sunday, with 42 states imposing strict stay-at-home orders.

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