Coronavirus: Health minister signs order for faster access to COVID-19 test kits

By Simon 19/03/2020 10:59 pm

Health Minister Patty Hajdu said on Wednesday that the federal government had approved two new diagnostic tests for COVID-19 to allow labs to speed up testing, stressing it is one of several key ways to slow the spread of the disease. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam added Canada had 598 cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths, but said they had tested more than 50,000 people.

Canada's health minister has signed an interim order to speed up access to COVID-19 test kits to help identify new cases of the novel coronavirus.

Health Canada said in a statement Wednesday that the order signed by Health Minister Patty Hajdu will help expedite the arrival of two new diagnostic tests to allow provincial labs to speed up testing.

Those test kits, made by Roche Molecular Systems and ThermoFisher Scientific — both based in the U.S. — were approved for use by the federal government earlier Wednesday.

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