Aussies develop 15-minute COVID-19 test

Trials are set to start on the saliva test at the end of the year, say UTS researchers

University of Technology Sydney researchers say they have developed a sensitive saliva test which can pick up SARS-CoV-2 viral fragments in less than 15 minutes.

The test prototype is set to be manufactured in Perth and will cost less than $25 per test. Laboratory trials on live virus are expected to begin before the end of the year.

The university's Dr Dayong Jin said in a statement on Monday that the test was sensitive enough to detect the presence of as little as a trillionth of a gram of SARS-CoV-2 viral fragments.