Poland receives nearly 27,000 rapid coronavirus tests from S. Korea

Polina Tankilevitch/Pexels

Around 27,000 rapid coronavirus tests have arrived in Poland from South Korea. Within a week, they will be distributed among emergency units in Polish hospitals, Health Ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz has announced.

Andrusiewicz told Polsat News television on Saturday that Poland had purchased antigen tests from South Korea, and stated that "their durability and speed is much greater, since it only takes about 15 minutes to get a result."

He added that the tests coming from South Korea were not serological or antibody tests, like the ones imported from China, which were often criticised for their low reliability.

"Poland is one of the first countries which has imported tests from South Korea. Earlier, other countries used rapid tests from China," he said.

Andrusiewicz added that the tests from South Korea were currently being validated.

"We have been checking the accuracy of their results at the State Hygiene Institution. Within a week, they should be distributed among emergency units in hospitals," he declared.