Russian company has developed an express coronavirus test device that provides result in 15 minutes, the National Technical Initiative announced March 11. The new method undergoes final tests and new device might be presented to the public this autumn.
The device uses the isothermal polymerase chain reaction. To perform the analysis, a mucous sample from the nose or the throat, said the company representative, who assisted the Medical Biological Union (MBU) in creation of the test.
In early February, South China Morning Post reported that Chinese doctors began using a portable device, capable of diagnosing the 2019-nCoV (COVID-19), coronavirus in 40 minutes. In early March, Russian scientists reported that they created a device, capable of diagnosing the coronavirus in 1.5 hours.
The Chinese authorities registered an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the city of Wuhan. Cases of novel virus were confirmed in more than 100 other countries, including in Russia.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. Outside of China, most cases of the new coronavirus were reported in South Korea, Iran and Italy.
In China, over 3,100 people died, nearly 60,000 people recovered, and the number of cases reached 80,700.
Over 110,000 coronavirus contaminations and more than 4,000 deaths were confirmed in the world so far.