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SARS CoV-2 (synonyms: COVID-19, novel coronavirus)

Test Background
PCR test for the new coronavirus, the disease is known as COVID-19

Clinical Indications
Patients presenting with respiratory tract disease, and fulfilling the PHE criteria for testing

Reference Range
Detected or NOT detected

Sample Required
Respiratory samples (NPA, nose and throat swab, BAL and ETTs)

Sample Container
Virology swab or universal container

Sample Collection
Apply recommended Infection Prevention and Control precautions

Sample Volume
0.5 ml

Standard courier

Turnaround Time
Up to 3 days


Daily testing

This test is fully validated for clinical use. However, the laboratory is not yet UKAS accredited for this test.

When performed on the Aus Diagnostics platform, the method may include an extraction step or it may be performed using heat inactivation in place of the extraction step. Information on whether the test was run with or without extraction is held locally and is available on request. 

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