Turkey to export coronavirus detection kits, health minister says

Turkey will start exporting locally-developed coronavirus detection kits to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, Turkish health minister said on Friday.

Turkey’s detection kits give results in 90 to 120 minutes, while the process takes more than three hours for kits used in Germany and France, Yeni Şafak newspaper quoted Fahrettin Koca as telling reporters.

The minister said Turkish researchers have been working to shorten the detection process of the kit to one hour.

The kit is produced according to World Health Organisation’s standards and has 99.6 percent accuracy rate, he said. 

“In coming days Turkey will also start marketing the kit to meet the demands from abroad,” Koca said. “Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan immediately posed their demand. The number of countries demanding (the kit) is increasing each day.”

Turkey evacuated earlier this month 42 people, including six Azeri, three Georgian and one Albanian nationals, from China’s Wuhan province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

Koca said no virus infection had been detected among the evacuees, who were kept under quarantine for two weeks.

Chinese authorities reported on Friday 5,090 new cases in mainland China, including more than 120 deaths, taking the total number of infected to 63,851, and the number of deaths from the disease, now labelled Covid-19, to 1,380.