CLOSE The coronavirus is now characterized as a pandemic as the WHO director general announces more than 100,000 cases in over 100 countries. USA TODAYAnthony Fauci, a key player in the effort to combat the coronavirus, says the frustrating delay in testing for the disease is getting untangled and that he foresees a “major escalation” in a week or two in widespread access to them.Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told  MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday that the major involvement of the private sector in the testing process will shortly break a logjam that has limited testing for the virus.He acknowledged a “disconnect” in the past few weeks, but that that is beginning to get untangled. “Hopefully this is behind us,” he said. “Within a week we are going to see a real escalation of testing and within two or three weeks we will see major progress,” Fauci said.Get daily coronavirus updates in your inbox:Sign up for the Daily Briefing.It’s been a whirlwind of a week — and it’s not over yet.Schools across the country are temporarily shutting down. The White House has suspended travel from Europe. Vice President Mike Pence expects “thousands” more Americans to become infected with the COVID-19 virus.As confirmed


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