Kraków hospital launches super-fast coronavirus tests

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The University Hospital in Kraków 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.

The expensive state-of-the-art equipment will significantly speed up coronavirus testing in the southern Małopolskie province.

"The company agreed to install the machine in the University Hospital as its potential can be utilised here. The hospital pays for the tests and reagents required for the tests," the hospital head Marcin Jędrychowski, said on Friday.

The machine can carry out 100 tests at once, which may prove particularly helpful in the case of larger groups of quarantined people.

“This will accelerate the process of the publication of the [test] results,” said Mr Jędrychowski.

When smaller tranches of samples are considered, the hospital will stick to its traditional and much slower method that allows for the testing of up to 16 at one time.

Mr Jędrychowski stressed that the hospital has been testing its staff for the coronavirus from the very beginning.

In Kraków, besides the University Hospital, John Paul II Hospital also provides coronavirus tests.