There is mounting criticism that NBA basketball teams have been able to provide coronavirus tests to their players despite a national shortage of testing kits. Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP Photo
There is mounting criticism that NBA basketball teams have been able to provide coronavirus tests to their players despite a national shortage of testing kits. Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP Photo

Criticism mounts as basketball stars get virus tests despite shortage

Time of article published Mar 19, 2020

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LOS ANGELES There is mounting criticism that NBA basketball teams have been able to provide coronavirus tests to their players despite a national shortage of testing kits.

The Brooklyn Nets tested its players - with four athletes including all-star Kevin Durant testing positive - and on Wednesday the majority Los Angeles Lakers' star-studded team were tested, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"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," New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said in a tweet on Tuesday, slamming his home town Brooklyn Nets.

"Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick," De Blasio added.

According to data collected by the Covid Tracking Project, there have been nearly 72,000 test administered since the outbreak. The US is testing at a rate far behind countries like South Korea, as the US supply chain struggles to meet the testing demand.

Meanwhile cases in the US have surged passed 7,300, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Asked about the testing of NBA players and the access to testing for the wealthy, President Donald Trump said that appeared to be a fact of life.

"But perhaps that's the story of life," Trump said during a press conference. "That does happen on occasion, and I've noticed where people have been tested fairly quickly."

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