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China has approved a new testing kit for COVID-19

Results are available in just under 30 minutes

Photograph: courtesy CDC
If the COVID-19 outbreak has proven anything, it’s that necessity is indeed the mother of invention. After coming up with an AI system that diagnoses patients in seconds based on images of their lung scans, China’s still rolling out the tech.

According to SHINE, the National Medical Products Administration has approved a kit that tests for COVID-19 antibodies in suspected patients, with results available in just under 30 minutes. Clinical trials began in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, and needless to say the kit can greatly improve the efficiency of getting an accurate diagnosis.

As always, continue to stay safe and sensible, and practise the appropriate measures to protect yourself against infection.

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