A rapid test has been approved in the United States which is intended to detect within minutes whether a person is infected with the coronavirus.
Abbott Laboratories said the device is small and portable – about the size of a toaster – and can be set up outside hospitals, for instance.
The test kit can determine within five minutes whether a sample is infected with Sars-CoV-2 and 13 minutes to definitively confirm if it is negative, the US health care company said.
Abbott announced late yesterday that its equipment had received emergency authorisation by the US Food and Drug Administration, and that it aims to manufacture 5 million kits a month.
Last weekend, the FDA approved a testing procedure that is supposed to provide results within 45 minutes. But those tests, from the manufacturer Cepheid, are to be used mainly in hospitals