California Gov. Gavin Newsom chatted with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday during a live broadcast on the social network,media CNET reported. Newsom spoke with Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, about the state’s new corona virus. Mr Newsom told Mr Zuckerberg that the lack of new coronavirus detection had been a “frustrating area” despite the stepped-up efforts of private companies to help.
Last week, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a charity run by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said it was working with California to improve the San Francisco Bay Area’s new coronavirus detection capabilities. The team is working with UCSF to support at least 1,000 tests a day in the coming days.
“It’s a clear example of what’s happening across the state, but frankly, it’s not the scale we need,” Newsom said in a 30-minute interview with Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. As governor, it’s always frustrated me. “
This is Zuckerberg’s second interview with california’s governor about the new crown outbreak. Last week, Zuckerberg interviewed Dr. Anthony Forsyth, a leading expert on infectious diseases in the United States. Facebook has been trying to direct people to more trusted sources, and recently launched a new Corona virus information center.
California currently lags behind other U.S. states in testing for new coronaviruses. ABC7 News last week analyzed data from the COVID tracking program and state health departments in the United States, and reported that California ranks 46th in the nation in the coVID-19 testrate, far behind other states, including New York State.
“We have to do more in this area, we have to do better,” Newsom said. California has 22 laboratories that were never designed for the amount of testing required during a pandemic, he said. The lack of new coronavirus testing kits has also prevented the state from performing as many tests as it needs. The state also faces other problems, including the collection of specimens.
Some people are promoting new technologies that can help increase detection, but it could take weeks or months, Newsom said. “To finally decide who can go back to work, we have to multiply the scope of testing,” he said. “
Newsom also encouraged the public to maintain social distance. On the same day San Francisco announced that the “in-place asylum order” had been extended until at least May 1.