As Covid-19 Cases Surge, Europe Turns to New Testing Methods

BERLIN—European governments are adopting new methods to test for coronavirus infections in an effort to buy time before a vaccine becomes widely available and as new cases spiral higher.

The new rapid-testing techniques now under consideration or initial deployment are fast, affordable and easily scalable. They are marginally less accurate than the standard method but are better-fitted for fast population-wide screening. While ramping up capacity could take some time, authorities hope these will allow for large-scale and frequent testing at hospitals and in care homes, and enable businesses, schools and travel to continue operating despite mounting infection rates.

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