Daily COVID-19 tests in Israel falls 40 pct due to shortage of reagents: ministry

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-12 00:01:09|Editor: huaxia

JERUSALEM, April 11 (Xinhua) -- The number of coronavirus tests taken in Israel has dropped by nearly 4,000 on a daily basis during the past week, the Israeli Ministry of Health said on Saturday.

The ministry's data show that the number of tests reached a peak of 9,903 on April 3, then dropped to 5,980 on April 10, a decline of about 40 percent.

Furthermore, the daily average over the last three days, from April 8 to 10, was even lower, which is 5,690 tests.

The main reason for the decrease is a shortage of reagents, the substances which test a chemical reaction to confirm infections.

As a result, Israel has started producing reagents, with the help of Chinese biotech giant BGI Genomics.

Israel also imported reagents from the Republic of Korea.