NBA, coronavirus tests and class struggle

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A week after the first positive case in the NBA, it was the Brooklyn Nets' turn to say that four of their players, including their star Kevin Durant, were also infected with the virus on March 17.

This announcement did not only attract messages of compassion. New York mayor (on whom Brooklyn depends), Bill de Blasio, broke out of an outing on Twitter, where he was outraged that an entire NBA team could have access to these tests "when seriously ill patients are still waiting. The tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick. ”

We wish them a speedy recovery. But, with all due respect, an entire NBA team should NOT get tested for COVID-19 while there are critically ill patients waiting to be tested. Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick. https://t.co/7uQlL3zc7Z

In the United States, tests are lacking. And the fact that a new NBA franchise has passed it on to people who have no symptoms (three of the four positive players are asymptomatic at the moment) goes bad for some (even if that can be justified and that the Brooklyn Nets apparently went through a private company to do them).

Contacted by the sports news site ESPN, the president of the players' union, Michele Roberts, insisted on defending them and attacked the American government, which, according to her, failed in its responsibilities. "I understand the reactions. People shouldn't have to queue. Populations at risk should be the first to be tested. But damn, if the government had done what it had to do, we wouldn't be fighting for the chance to be tested. ”

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