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Covid-19 Breathalysers Could Be Used on Large Scale in Singapore Soon

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JASON QUAH

Mass deployment of Covid-19 breathalysers that produce results on the spot may soon happen here. This will facilitate safe travel arrangements and screenings at large-scale events, ST reports.

The Straits Times has learnt that local medtech firm Silver Factory Technology is working with the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), Changi Airport and security firm Certis to develop the breathalysers.

Silver Factory's breathalyser, TracieX, has been shown to be almost as accurate as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, while taking a fraction of the time - at two minutes - to turn in results.

Compared with PCR tests - the gold standard for testing - the disposable breathalyser's sensitivity rate so far has been over 95 per cent, and its specificity, more than 99 per cent.

It is also cheaper, costing around US$20 (S$26) each currently.

Trials have already started in NCID, Changi Airport Terminal 1 and Certis, with more than 400 individuals tested to date, Silver Factory said.


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