iONEBIO, a South Korean bio-venture company, has installed its Fast Infection Control System (FICS) at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asuncion, Paraguay.

The deployment took place in close cooperation with DINAC (Dirección Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil) and Laboratorio Horvath.

As per the contract, signed in September, iONEBIO has installed specimen collection stations and local examination centres at the airport.

The stations and examination centers can test up to 5,000 passengers and drive-through patients per day, amounting to 150,000 tests per month.

DINAC director Felix Kanazawa stated that commercialisation of flight tickets for nearly all of the airlines operating in Paraguay have already begun, and expects activities to become normal in November.

iONEBIO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport and local laboratories, also has plans to export FICS to Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil.

As a part of the infection control system, iLAMP Novel-CoV19, iONEBIO’s Covid-19 diagnostic kit, can indicate test results in a span of one hour after the collection of the specimen.

The kit was CE certified in May and was patented to be the first ever coronavirus-specific diagnostics tool in South Korea.

An official from iONEBIO said: “We will make every effort to ensure the quality control of our Covid-19 diagnostic kits and the smooth operation of the airport rapid quarantine management system in order to promote the excellence of K-quarantine to the world. Starting from the advancement to Paraguay, we anticipate that many countries in the world will adopt our system in the near future.”

After closing down its operations in March due to the pandemic, Silvio Pettirossi International Airport officially recommenced commercial flights and activities in October.