New Covid-19 tests get certification

A rapid test for Covid-19 developed by the medical faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc has received official certification and can now be applied in practice.

The test can produce a positive or negative result for coronavirus within an hour and costs a third of the price of a conventional PCR kit.

Eva Krigeova, head of the research team which developed the test, says it is not intended to replace PCR tests, but when applied in old-age homes, factories or schools it could help detect symptomless persons with an acute COVID-19 infection and thus help prevent the spread of the infection.