Korean C-Stores Now Have Self-Test COVID-19 Kits

The home tests are available in grocery and convenience stores in South Korea.

May 12, 2021

E-Mart Location in Seoul, South Korea

SEOUL—South Korea wants to increase its coronavirus testing capacity and has approved the distribution of self-test kits at grocery and convenience stores, Retail News Asia reports. Manufactured by SD Biosensor Co. and Humasis Inc., the self-testing COVID-19 kits have been sold through local pharmacies since emergency use approval was granted in April. The kits are beginning to roll out this week to both convenience retailers and supermarkets.

The GS25 chain has already begun selling the test kits at some stores, with 7-Eleven saying it will have the kits starting Friday. The discount chain E-Mart, CJ Olive Young and other retailers have also started carrying the kits, with some offering the testing products via online stores with delivery options.

South Korea’s increasing number of new COVID-19 cases spurred the nation’s health ministry to allow for at-home virus test kits, which can deliver results between 15 and 30 minutes. Users of home test kits with positive results must visit a screening station to receive a more accurate test.

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