Next week, the new rapid coronavirus tests will arrive in Norway.
With the new tests, people will be able to get testing results quickly – the process lasts between 15 and 30 minutes.
“The biggest difference is that you get answers on the spot. Rapid testing will make infection tracking easier and expand the testing capacity,” assistant health director Geir Stene-Larsen told newspaper Aftenposten.
The new rapid tests will be administered in the same way as the current tests, with a swab that is inserted into the nose and mouth.
However, the rapid tests do not need to be analyzed in a laboratory.
In the beginning, the news tests will be given to prioritized groups: people with symptoms, people who are part of infection tracking efforts, at test sites with long transport times to the laboratories, and at the test stations at the borders.
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