Abbot Laboratories, a US-based health care company has launched a portable test kit for coronavirus infection. The test kit can tell if someone is COVID-19 positive in just five minutes and it takes 13 minutes to show negative results.
The company said that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given the test kit emergency authorization to use. Abbott will begin making the test kit available everywhere starting from next week.
The test kit which is the size of a toaster, uses molecular technology that looks for fragments of the coronavirus genome and it can quickly be detected in the patient.
The laboratory plans to supply at least 50,000 test kits a day starting from April 1. It is expected to be available in India very soon.