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What to Know in Washington: A ‘Spike’ in Virus Cases is Expected

March 16, 2020, 11:01 AM

Expanding testing for the Covid-19 virus in the U.S. will result in a “spike in the curve” over the next week as more cases are uncovered, a top White House aide said yesterday.

“For those of you who watched China, and China reporting, remember when they changed their definition and all of a sudden there was a blip in their curve? We are going to see that,” Dr. Deborah Birx, virus response coordinator, said yesterday at a briefing by the White House coronavirus task force.

“We are going to see a spike as more and more people have access” to ...