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S. Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety approves reagent test kits for new coronavirus Updated: 2020-02-05 10:01:12 KST

A batch of reagent test kits for the new coronavirus has been approved by the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, shortening the detection time and recognizing suspected cases.
The new kits, which have been temporarily approved out of concerns about the continued spread of the virus, identifies the virus by amplifying two specific genes.
Compared to the two-staged conventional test kits, the newly-developed ones only require single-step testing.
Moreover, the new kits can speed up the process by reducing the time for detection to just six hours from 24 to 48 hours.

"The new test kits have been co-assessed by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Korean Society for Laboratory Medicine objectively and scientifically, and thus are reliable."

The new test kits will be available for use by private hospitals starting Friday.
They will first be supplied to 50 hospitals and clinics that have been approved by the KCDC.

"We expect to enhance the capacity to monitor confirmed patients on a local level by distributing the new test kits to private hospitals."

The new kits are expected to help contain the virus going forward, while reducing unnecessary quarantine for people suspected of having the coronavirus.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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