Poland gets rapid coronavirus screening tests – dep health minister

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Poland has received a delivery of rapid screening tests enabling the detection of coronavirus within fifteen minutes, Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska said on Saturday, adding that the tests will go to medical staff first.

Kraska told a press conference that another transport of coronavirus tests, including those ultra-fast, had arrived in Poland on Friday.

"So-called rapid tests have also reached us for the first time. These are antigenic tests that we perform within 15 minutes. These tests will be validated today, their sensitivity will be verified at the National Institute of Hygiene and at two Warsaw hospitals," he said.

The minister acknowledged that the ministry needs to know how these tests will work for people who are currently infected with coronavirus, and to make sure that they are reliable.

Kraska added that the tests will be directed first to hospital emergency rooms, where patients suspected of coronavirus infction and other diseases come by ambulances.

He said the new tests came from South Korea, where they are in widespread use.

According to Kraska, over 13,200 samples have been tested in Poland in the last 24 hours.