We have seen how the Wuhan coronavirus has left the globe in a panic with cities rushing to build hospitals and biotech firms competing over who will bring the first vaccine. Now, it seems a Chinese firm has developed a test that works in under 15 minutes.
According to XinHua Net, "experts have developed a rapid nucleic test kit for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the city of Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu Province."
The novel kit can detect the virus within eight to fifteen minutes, has high sensitivity, and is easy to use and transport. It was a joint cooperation from the National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention and a Wuxi-based high-tech company.
It is now being mass-produced, and the firm hopes it can deliver 4,000 kits per day. Some of the kits are already used at the front lines in Hubei Province.
Meanwhile, the reach of the virus has significantly affected other regions. Vietnam has declared a public health emergency and stopped all flights to and from China. And Turkmenistan Airlines has suspended flights to and from Beijing.
However, the World Health Organization has advised that it is safe to receive correspondence from China.
As of 6 hours ago, the number of confirmed deaths from China’s coronavirus outbreak has risen to 259, and the number of infected people in China now counts over 11,790.