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Connecticut senator: 'We have no concept' of coronavirus scope

Connecticut senator: 'We have no concept' of coronavirus scope
© Greg Nash

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyGun violence prevention groups optimistic background check legislation can pass this Congress Democrats reintroduce gun sale background check legislation Amazon manager sues company over racial discrimination, harassment allegations MORE (D-Conn.) said Sunday that officials have "no concept" of the scope of the coronavirus outbreak due to a lack of available tests. 

Two cases have been confirmed in Connecticut, but Murphy said CBS's "Face the Nation" that he imagined his state has "hundreds if not thousands" of cases. 

"I think we have no concept of the scope of this epidemic yet because we have not been able to test," Murphy said. "The fact of the matter is we can't make good judgments about the measures we should be taking in Seattle or in Danbury or in Hartford unless we are able to do these tests." 

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Murphy called the Trump administration's response to the virus "unforgivable," saying it did not prepare and allocate resources early to make sure tests were available for everyone. 

Murphy also said President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE's comments Friday that tests are available to all who need them is not true. 

Murphy said Connecticut is doing "a lot more screenings," but does not have the ability to give a test to everybody who "wants one."