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Hong Kong consortium rolls out $126 home coronavirus test

Prudential-backed group targets those worried about risks of visiting hospitals

The home-testing consortium hopes to appeal to Hong Kongers with little or no symptoms but a desire to clarify their coronavirus infection status.    © Reuters

HONG KONG -- A consortium bringing together insurer Prudential PLC with several Hong Kong startups and health care providers has started selling home coronavirus testing kits in Hong Kong.

The kits will be sold at a cost price of 985 Hong Kong dollars ($126) each and users are expected to cough and spit into test tubes. Their samples then will be picked up by specially trained staff within 24 hours. Medics will contact those who test positive for COVID-19.

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