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Coronavirus

Singapore's COVID breath tests give results within 2 minutes

Devices suited for large events and border control

Breathonix's breath test requires subjects to blow into a mouthpiece connected to analytics equipment. (Photo courtesy of Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry)

SINGAPORE -- A pair of Singaporean startups have developed breath tests for COVID-19 that deliver results in less than 2 minutes, adding new tools to the city-state's efforts to open up the economy while controlling coronavirus infections.

Silver Factory Technology has begun testing its device at Singapore Changi Airport, while Breathonix has launched a trial of its system at a checkpoint linking Singapore with Malaysia.

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