South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has approved a new test that can detect both Covid-19 and seasonal flu from one sample, the country's health authority announced in a briefing yesterday.
Through this method, patients can get results on COVID-19 and seasonal flu from a single test within three to six hours, said South Korean health official Yoon Tae-ho.
“This is expected to reduce both burden on the medical workers and inconvenience [of waiting] for patients,” Yoon said.
South Korea's cases: On Thursday, South Korea reported 125 cases of coronavirus -- the highest daily increase since Oct 23, according to the Korea Disease Control Prevention Agency (KDCA).
Of these 125 cases, 17 were imported.
The new figures raised the country's total to 27,050 confirmed infections and 475 deaths, according to KDCA.