Bosch develops Corona test tool to detect virus in under 3 hours

Fake blood is seen in test tubes labelled with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in this illustration

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Robert Bosch on Thursday said it has developed a diagnostic tool for detecting the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in under three hours, potentially aiding the challenge of understanding how far the virus has spread.

Bosch’s rapid molecular diagnostic test, which runs on its Vivalytic analysis device, can detect a SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection in under two and a half hours, measured from the time the sample is taken to the time the result arrives.

Another advantage of the rapid test is that it can be performed directly at the point of care, Bosch said, eliminating the need to transport samples.

(Reporting by Edward Taylor; editing by Scot W. Stevenson)