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Textile and chemical product-maker Kurabo Industries Ltd. said Thursday that from next week it will begin selling test kits developed by a Chinese firm that can detect the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in 15 minutes, far quicker than the current method.

The kit, which uses a small blood sample and a reagent, is expected to reduce time and costs compared to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test currently used to detect the pneumonia-causing disease, according to the maker. PCR testing takes four to six hours after a sample is collected from a patient’s throat or other parts of the body.

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