A new detection kit for the novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) has been developed. It can give a result in 15 minutes through the test of just one drop of the patient’s blood, China’s State Key Laboratory of Respiratory Diseases revealed on Friday.

The detection kit, which has passed preliminary lab and clinical evaluations, is the outcome of several research institutions’ teamwork under the guidance of Zhong Nanshan, head of the expert panel set up by the National Health Commission (NHC) to fight against the coronavirus.

It can detect IgM antibodies, which are the first antibodies made by the body to fight a new infection, through the test of a drop of blood. The result can be delivered within 15 minutes, even when a patient’s plasma is diluted 500 to 1,000 times, the lab explained.

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