U.S. states have enough coronavirus tests to follow guidelines to reopen: VP

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addresses the daily coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Friday that experts believe states currently have enough tests to meet guidelines for stage-one criteria to begin reopening their economies after a shutdown aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Pence’s remarks, delivered at a White House briefing, came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled new guidelines for U.S. states to emerge from the shutdown in a staggered, three-stage approach that relies on robust testing capabilities.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Sandra Maler

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