July 13, 2020 / 2:51 PM / a month ago

Trump should use Defense Production Act to expand COVID-19 testing, NYC mayor says

FILE PHOTO: New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks to people as he gives away face masks for using on public spaces to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Queens borough of New York City, U.S., May 16, 2020 REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

(Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump should invoke the Defense Production Act to expand the capacity of labs to process tests for the novel coronavirus, citing processing delays and supply shortages.

“The federal government has to step up now because it is becoming a national crisis,” de Blasio told a media briefing.

Reporting by Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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