TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government has reportedly imported 20 coronavirus detection devices from Swiss biotech company Roche that are expected to improve the number of daily coronavirus (COVID-19) tests able to be done in a day.
These new devices are believed to be able to improve the average test numbers to 10,000 daily.
“Once everything is installed, we can [test] a daily average of 9,000 to 10,000 patients in a day,” said the State-owned Enterprise (BUMN) Minister’s staff, Arya Sinulingga, on Wednesday, April 8.
The equipment includes two automated RNA detections with the capacity of conducting 1,000 daily tests. The other 18 tools are polymerase chain reaction detectors that are able to conduct 500 daily tests.
The arrival of the new tools is hoped to increase the average tests conducted on Indonesians. The devices will be distributed to Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Bali, South Sumatra, North Sumatra, and Papua.
The Roche-made coronavirus (COVID-19) detectors will reportedly be ready for use starting next week.
M ROSSENO AJI