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Private companies in Finland ask S. Korea to test 18,000 COVID-19 samples Updated: 2020-04-01 17:23:07 KST

South Korea's coronavirus testing methods have been receiving attention from all over the world.
With swift and accurate diagnostic capabilities, a group of large Finnish companies have asked South Korea to test samples the country has collected for suspected cases.
According to Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, private healthcare provider Mehilainen is paying to send 18-thousand samples from Finland to a laboratory in South Koreadue to a limited supply of COVID-19 analysis available.
The first batch of tests will go on a Finnair flight on Wednesday afternoon local time, carrying some one,500 samples.
Then, the chartered flight will return to Finland with supplies of protective gear and sampling equipment.
This procedure is expected to run for two weeks.
Such measures come as the hospital aims to vastly increase the number of tests carried out on Finnish patients.
After failing to find domestic institutions as well as in Europe, the hospitals have called for South Korea's help.
So far, only 21-thousand tests have been done in Finlandbut mostly on medical teams and patients who are severely ill.
Patients who have mild symptoms, and those who would not normally qualify for testing under Finnish guidelines, could get their tests done in South Korea.
At least 14-hundred people have tested positive for the virus so far, but health authorities presume the actual number of confirmed patients could be 30 times larger,… considering how many suspected cases have not yet been tested.
Choi Jeong-yoon, Arirang News.
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