Health officials in South Korea have approved a new trial for COVID-19. Testing can identify both signs of COVID-19 and seasonal flu cognition form.
Officials say the exam could help prevent problems in hospitals as the medical community continues to fight the coronavirus.
As the COVID-19 health crisis dragged on during the flu season, South Korea, like most countries, struggled to keep the virus under control. Some experts warn that the virus can spread easily in cold weather when people stay indoors more.
The Korean Agency for Disease Control and Prevention reported 118 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Wednesday. Most of the cases are in Seoul, a densely populated city.
The number of cases nationwide was 26,925, of which 474 were fatal.
South Koreans are increasingly going out in public after the government loosened restrictions on social distance last month to help the weak economy.
The medical staff used it Mark Contact and other measures to control the virus, but “such efforts have outstanding by the rate at which the virus spreads, ”noted Health Ministry official Yoon Taeho. Yoon spoke during a press conference.
The new test targets genes found in both COVID-19 and seasonal flu. The test is a more complex version of the test used to determine COVID-19 from nasal or throat fluids. Laboratories use machines to enlarge genetic material so that even tiny amounts of virus can be measured.
COVID-19 and influenza are difficult to distinguish by them symptom, Yoon said. So getting an answer within three to six hours will help the patient and “also decrease burden of medical staff, ”he added.
In addition, on Wednesday, the Indian capital New Delhi reported a record high of 6,725 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours. This is the highest number of new cases since March. New Delhi has reported around 5,200 infections a day for the past week.
India has a total of 8.3 million cases, with 123,611 deaths from COVID-19.
In Sri Lanka, more than 200 police officers were infected with coronavirus as cases increased in and around the capital Colombo. Another 2,200 officers have been isolation because of the virus. Health officials have linked the infections to the country’s main fish market.
Sri Lanka’s total cases since March amounted to 11,744 cases, including 23 deaths. The government has ordered curfew in the densely populated western province. Officials closed schools and major offices, and banned public gatherings.
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Words in this story
affecta – n. a common virus that usually affects people in winter
sample – n. a small piece of something is tested
Mark– adjective. after previous human interactions
beyond – v. to go beyond a marker
symptom – n. an indication that a person may be sick, cough or fever
burden – n. a heavy load to carry
isolation – v. Isolate people suffering from infectious diseases