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Covid-19: Pink tests positive for virus and slams US testing capacity

The singer said it was a ‘travesty’ that wider testing was not available in the US.

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AMERICAN SINGER PINK is recovering after testing positive for the coronavirus and says she is donating a million US dollars to emergency funds.

The Grammy Award-winner said she and her three-year-old son Jameson had shown symptoms of Covid-19 and that she tested positive.

Posting on Twitter, she said they had since been re-tested and were “thankfully negative”.

The 40-year-old, born Alecia Beth Moore, said it was “an absolute travesty and failure of our government” to not make testing more widely accessible in the country.

Calling the illness “serious and real”, she said:

“People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities.”

Adding that she would donate $500,000 to both the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia and the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency Covid-19 crisis fund, she said: “Thank you to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones.

“These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home. Please. Stay. Home.”

The number of people infected in the US has reached 250,000 and the death toll climbed past 6,000, with New York state alone accounting for more than 2,900, a surge of over 560 dead in just one day. Most of the dead are in New York City, where hospitals are being pushed to breaking point.

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