New criteria: Now everyone with symptoms of corona should be tested

Corona test centerOslo.Corona test center.Ullevål hospital : Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix
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The authorities are changing the criteria for corona testing. Now the test capacity has expanded so much that anyone with symptoms can be tested.

Health Minister Bent Høie (Høyre) revealed this at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

“From today, municipalities that already have capacity can test everyone with symptoms. They can just carry on and do this. Others have more to organize first,” said Høie.

The reason for the increased test capacity is due to a breakthrough by researchers at NTNU (Norwegian University of Technology and Science) and St. Olav’s hospital in Trondheim.

“In record time, they have developed a method that makes the health service less dependent on reagents,” said Høie.

The new method uses nanotechnology, with small magnetic spheres that extract genetic material from viruses. One of the reasons why test capacity has not been as high as the authorities have wanted has been a lack of reagents.

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