New machine at Mater Dei can perform 800 COVID-19 tests a day

Robotic machine, which can process 800 coronavirus tests each day, with results available within minutes, will start being used in coming hours

The new robotic machine will start being used in the coming hours
The new robotic machine will start being used in the coming hours

In the coming hours, a machine capable of testing 800 samples each day for COVID-19 will start being used.

The robotic machine, which will be housed at Mater Dei’s Pathology Department, can process test results within minutes.

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne - who was visiting the Pathology Department on Thursday as the final preparations for the machine to be put in use were being made - said Malta was benefitting from such advanced machinery because the government had made all necessary investment in this regard in a timely manner.

Malta, he said, was one of the first countries in Europe which would have access to such a machine.

“The more tests we carry out at this early stage, the more we will be in a position to offer immediate care to COVID-19 patients and to isolate them promptly so as to prevent viral spread,” Fearne said.

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