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Long lines for Covid testing across US as Omicron surges

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Washington (AFP) – Days out from Christmas, Americans are facing long lines to get tested for the coronavirus amid a new surge driven by the Omicron variant and a dire shortage of options for this vital screening measure. Scenes reminiscent of the first wave from the spring of 2020 played out across Boston, New York and California — despite the country now facing its fifth wave. In the heart of the capital Washington, a free testing site a few blocks from the White House hadn’t seen such crowds in a long time.  A queue snaked all around the square and eventually led up to a group of small whi…

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