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.
A total of 66,938 samples have so far been tested for coronavirus in Polish laboratories, while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased to 3,149, the Polish Ministry of Health said on Friday.
Researchers in Gdańsk, northern Poland, are working on a new coronavirus test which could prove considerably less expensive than the currently used tests.
The Polish Ministry of Health said on Thursday that a total of 61,178 samples had so far been tested in Polish laboratories for coronavirus and that there had been 2,633 positive results.
A Polish company, BioMaxima, is to launch sales of a rapid screening test which can identify coronavirus infection in 10 minutes, the company said in a Friday press release. BioMaxima is also looking to register a molecular genetic test for the same purpose.
The Polish Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that a total of 34,067 samples had so far been tested for coronavirus in Polish laboratories and that there had been 1,244 positive results.
The Polish Ministry of Health said on Monday that a total of 20,127 samples had so far been tested for coronavirus in Polish laboratories and that there were 684 positive results.
The capacity of Polish laboratories conducting coronavirus tests is 3,500 to 4,000 per 24 hours, head of the Prime Minister’s Office Michał Dworczyk said on Monday, adding that the number is adequate to the present stage of the epidemic in Poland.
With the number of people quarantined and in need of testing for coronavirus, the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Bioorganic Chemistry Institute in Poznań has begun using equipment usually dedicated to research and to repurpose it as additional diagnostic centres.
The capacity of Polish laboratories conducting coronavirus tests amounts to at least 3,000 in 24 hours, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski announced on Thursday morning, adding that at present some 1,200-1,500 test were carried out everyday.