German scientists have developed a method to increase the testing capacity for coronavirus (COVID-19) up to ten times, CNN reported.
The Science Ministry of Hessen state in Germany said that the new method would allow multiple samples to be examined at the same time and could potentially increase Germany’s testing capacity to 200,000-400,000 tests per day from the current 40,000 tests per day, “without any loss of quality in the diagnostics,” the report added.
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In the present testing methodology, various swabs taken from the nose and mouth area of an individual are examined separately.
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As per the new PCR method, which directly detects the SARS-CoV-2 genome, scientists can test all swabs from a patient in a single special solution.
If the total result is negative, the verdict is negative. If the total test is positive, then all swabs are examined separately, it added.
Germany has so far recorded 71,808 confirmed coronavirus cases including recoveries and deaths, as per the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. This makes it among the countries with the highest confirmed cases in the world.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the world faces the most challenging crisis since World War II, confronting a pandemic threatening people in every country, one that will bring a recession "that probably has no parallel in the recent past."
The total confirmed cases of COVID-19 stand at 8.5 lakh globally. Of these, around 1.7 lakh have recovered. However, the death toll has risen to over 42,100, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. The United States, Italy and Spain have registered more deaths than China, where the outbreak started.Follow our full COVID-19 coverage here