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2020-05-27 08:00:09

Researchers at Tsinghua University in Beijing have developed a COVID-19 test kit capable of producing a result within 30 minutes, the school announced Tuesday on social media.

The kit, which is around the size of a person’s palm, is technologically advanced: While existing tests require repeated heating and cooling cycles, Tsinghua’s test works at a constant temperature. As for accuracy, the team said its product is “similarly sensitive” to existing tests — which have at times been accused of being unreliable.

According to Tsinghua’s official release, the product could become a “sample in, result out” home test kit. Before entering the market, however, it must receive approval from the National Medical Products Administration. (Image: From 清华大学 on WeChat)