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NEW YORK – BGI said Thursday that it has distributed 236,000 donated test kits for 2019-nCoV coronavirus screening to hospitals, local disease control centers, and laboratories across China.

As of Feb. 11, BGI had donated 79,100 tests, the Shenzhen, China-based firm said in a statement. It is one of about 50 companies or charities that have done so. BGI said 15,500 of its tests have gone to Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of the global outbreak, while 26,900 have gone to other cities in Hubei province, and 36,700 to other parts of China.

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