Krakow hospital launches super-fast coronavirus tests

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The University Hospital in the southern Polish city of Krakow has started testing samples for coronavirus using the super-efficient Cobas 6800, a demonstration machine, provided by pharmaceutical company Roche, which can conduct up to 1,400 tests per day.

The expensive state-of-the-art equipment will significantly speed up coronavirus testing in the southern Malopolskie province.

"The company agreed to install the machine in the University Hospital being aware that its potential can be utilised here. The hospital pays for the tests and reagents required for the tests," the hospital director, Marcin Jedrychowski, said on Friday.

The machine can carry out 100 tests at once, which may prove particularly helpful in the case of larger groups of people being quarantined. This is in comparison with the traditional method of testing up to 16 samples in a single procedure that the hospital has used so far.