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U.S. Customs intercepts fake coronavirus testing kits at LAX

(USA Features) U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have intercepted a shipment of phony coronavirus (COVID-19) home testing testing kits at the Los Angeles International Airport as federal officials warn Americans to be on the lookout for scams.

“The American public should be aware of bogus home testing kits for sale either online or in informal direct to consumer settings,” the agency said in a statement Saturday.

The shipment arrived from the United Kingdom earlier this week and was declared as purified water vials valued at almost $200.

However, CPB agents inspected it and discovered the COVID-19 testing labels.



Testing for the virus, which begin in China, is only conducted by verified state and local public labs around the country.

On Friday, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the spread of the virus while detailing new testing strategies after healthcare professionals, politicians and patients around the country complained about a lack of access to tests.

CBP officials did not provide any further details about the phony test kits including whether arrests were made in relation to the shipment.

The vials have been turned over to the Food and Drug Administration for analysis.


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