A new test kit that confirms the result of a test for COVID-19 within just 15 minutes is expected to reduce the burden of onsite hospital personnel. The photo above is of hospital staff on June 2 testing samples at a screening clinic in Bupyeong-gu District of Incheon. (Yonhap News)

By Kim Young Deok and Lee Jihae

A new test kit for COVID-19 allows a user to visually confirm within 15 minutes whether he or she is infected with the coronavirus.

The Ministry of Science and ICT and the Ministry of the Interior and Safety on July 30 said the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology utilized the combined response of an antigen and an antibody to develop a fast diagnostic technology for antigens.

If a person tests positive for COVID-19, the kit changes color in about 15 minutes, allowing the testee to visually confirm if he or she contracted the coronavirus.

The commercialization of the kit will allow cheaper and faster testing if a surge of infections occurs, thus reducing the workload of onsite hospital personnel.

Both ministries said the aim is to produce items utilizing this technology within this year.



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