Worldwide, thousands of people are tested daily for possible corona infections. German researchers now want to significantly increase capacities again. In the global fight against the pandemic, their findings should be available to everyone.
In Germany, the number of daily corona tests could increase massively in the future. The background is a process developed by researchers in Frankfurt am Main. The Hessian Ministry of Science announced that the number of tests could be increased from around 40,000 per day to between 200,000 and 400,000 examinations. There was no loss of quality associated with the increase. The new method is based on testing several samples for the virus at the same time.
The procedure was developed by a joint team of the blood donation service of the German Red Cross (DRK) and the Institute for Medical Virology at the University Hospital Frankfurt. This is a “great discovery that is optimistic to have many more people tested in the future,” said Hesse’s Minister of Science, Angela Dorn. One of the important goals in the corona pandemic is to increase test capacities. This is the only way to identify and isolate infected people at an early stage.