Donald Trump shows off new five MINUTE coronavirus test but places it upside down at White House briefing

DONALD Trump unveiled a new rapid COVID-19 test kit on Monday but mistakenly placed it upside down while boasting about the “historic milestone” the US has reached in testing for the virus.

The president appeared to fumble with the kit as he examined the point-of-care test, which is supposed to detect the virus in a patient within five minutes.

 Donald Trump mistakenly unveiled a new rapid coronavirus testing kit upside down at a White House briefing on Monday

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Donald Trump mistakenly unveiled a new rapid coronavirus testing kit upside down at a White House briefing on MondayCredit: Reuters
 The new test can detect COVID-19 in five minutes and deliver negative results in just 13 minutes

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The new test can detect COVID-19 in five minutes and deliver negative results in just 13 minutesCredit: Reuters

“Today we reached a historic milestone in our war against the coronavirus,” Trump said.

“Over one million Americans have been tested – more than any other country by far. Not even close.”

The test announcement was revealed days after the US Food and Drug Administration gave Abbott Labs emergency clearance to produce its cartridge-based test.

Abbott’s ID NOW COVID-19 test can deliver positive results in as quickly as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes, according to the company’s website.

Starting Monday, the Illinois-based company said it will ramp up production to provide select healthcare facilities with 50,000 ID NOW coronavirus test kits per day.

 Abbott Laboratories developed the test after being granted emergency clearance by the FDA

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Abbott Laboratories developed the test after being granted emergency clearance by the FDACredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Trump appeared to fumble with the patient-focused rapid test

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Trump appeared to fumble with the patient-focused rapid testCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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 Abbott Labs said they'll send 50,000 tests per day to select health centers throughout the US

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Abbott Labs said they’ll send 50,000 tests per day to select health centers throughout the USCredit: AP:Associated Press

Trump held the six-pound box upside down as he displayed the new rapid test to reporters in the White House Rose Garden.

Health experts say the US should be testing 100,000 to 150,000 people per day to track and slow the spread of the virus, according to Fox News.

Trump said late Monday afternoon that more than one million COVID-19 samples have been tested in the US, with about 100,000 samples tested daily.

He also stressed the importance of social distancing hours after he was pushed by coronavirus task force health experts to extended federal guidelines to April 30.

 Trump said Monday that 100,000 samples are tested for the coronavirus every day

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Trump said Monday that 100,000 samples are tested for the coronavirus every dayCredit: EPA
 Abbott Labs will send 50,000 tests to select health centers daily starting March 30

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Abbott Labs will send 50,000 tests to select health centers daily starting March 30Credit: EPA

The president claimed social distancing could save up to a million Americans from dying from the outbreak, which has killed more than 3,000 in the US.

The US currently leads the world in the number of infections with more than 153,000 confirmed cases nationwide.

New York City, the US epicenter of the virus, has at least 500 coronavirus-related deaths, according to CNN.

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