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Germany develops test for new virus in China

Jan 22, 2020 16:32 IST

German researchers have developed the first diagnostic test for a new type of coronavirus that can spread from human to human. Dr. Christian Drosten, who developed the test with his colleagues at Berlin's Charite hospital, told the Associated Press that the test only involves the quick collection of a throat or cough swab for laboratory analysis. The rapid test has been distributed to some 120 laboratories around the world since last week. Dr. Drosten stressed that the test would be helpful in separating the coronavirus from the influenza virus, which is similar and more common in patients.