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Coronavirus

Alibaba says AI can identify coronavirus infections with 96% accuracy

New algorithm can complete disease recognition process within 20 seconds

Japan's decision to limit the number of coronavirus tests carried out has caused some public concern.    © Reuters

BEIJING -- A new AI-powered diagnosis system promises to detect new coronavirus cases with an accuracy rate of up to 96% via computerized tomography scans, Chinese tech outlet Sina Tech News reported.

The diagnosis algorithm was developed by Alibaba's research institute Damo Academy. Researchers at the academy said they had trained the AI model with sample data from more than 5,000 confirmed cases, adding that the system could identify differences in CT scans between patients infected with the novel virus and those with ordinary viral pneumonia with an accuracy of up to 96%. The algorithm included the latest treatment guidelines and recently published research, said its creators.

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