Why coronavirus tests differ around the world

July 27, 2020

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A woman is shown with a face mask and wearing a blue top and looking through glass where several people are shown wearing full medical protective gowns.

A woman in quarantine looks through the window to watch members of the National Mechanism to Prevent Torture visiting a school turned into a government-run shelter where citizens returning home are required by law to quarantine for two weeks and COVID-19 tests in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Thursday, June 24, 2020.


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In the US, it's largely been up to individuals to figure out how to get tested for the coronavirus. The situation is very different in other countries. Meanwhile, South Africa had in place some of the world's strictest coronavirus lockdown measures. But now, COVID-19 cases are accelerating, and the country poses a threat to the entire African continent. Also, 30 years ago this week, US President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, barring discrimination against people with disabilities. South Korea took much longer to pass similar legislation, and advocates are pushing the country to do more.

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