US approves test that can detect coronavirus in five minutes Mar 29, 2020 0 304 12345 DPA Washington A RAPID test has been approved in the United States which is intended to detect within minutes whether a person is infected with the coronavirus.Abbott Laboratories said the device is small and portable - about the size of a toaster - and can be set up outside hospitals, for instance.The test kit can determine within five minutes whether a sample is infected with Sars-CoV-2 and 13 minutes to definitively confirm if it is negative, the US health care company said.Abbott announced late on Friday that its equipment had received emergency authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration, and that it aims to manufacture 5 million kits a month.Last weekend, the FDA approved a testing procedure that is supposed to provide results within 45 minutes. But those tests, from the manufacturer Cepheid, are to be used mainly in hospitals.The country’s ability to combat the coronavirus was hampered early on by a lack of testing capacity and then lengthy delays once the test had been performed.The United States now has more confirmed cases of Covid-19, the disease that can be caused by the Sars-CoV-2 virus, than any other country. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States exceeded 100,000 late Friday, with more than 1,700 dead, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Covid-19 tracking map.The data collected by Johns Hopkins shows the rapid rate at which the virus continues to spread throughout the country, with new cases doubling in just three days. RELATED ARTICLES Spain counts 832 deaths in 24 hours, pushing toll to 5,690 Mar 29, 2020 0 78 Latin America coronavirus cases surge past 10,000 Mar 29, 2020 0 1192 Italy’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 10,000 Mar 29, 2020 0 110 UK Covid-19 death toll passes 1,000 AFP London THE number of coronavirus deaths in Britain jumped by 260 in one day to pass 1,000, official data showed on Saturday, the day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself tested positive. At 5:00pm (1700 GMT) on .. Germany won’t relax coronavirus restrictions before April 20 DPA Berlin THE head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office said that measures to restrict the spread of coronavirus in the country won’t be lifted before April 20. “We are not talking about any easing until April 20. .. French military airlifting Covid-19 patients to Germany PARIS The French military will be using helicopters to transfer Covid-19 patients from hard-hit eastern France for treatment in Germany, Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Saturday. Public broadcaster .. Trump says he might ‘quarantine’ New York state WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is considering placing New York state -- the worst-hit in the US by the coronavirus pandemic -- under quarantine but he was vague about exactly what he meant by this. ..