Ecommerce giant JD.com introduced an option to book a coronavirus nucleic acid test in a laboratory through its platform on Monday.
Alibaba Health rolled out a similar service on its online shopping platform Tmall. On both platforms, users can search for the keyword, pay 258 yuan (US$36) and book their appointment at a participating laboratory.
Nucleic acid testing (NAT) is not the most foolproof way to detect the presence of the coronavirus, as its possible to get false negatives. But they are a lot easier to administer than chest scans, another way to diagnose the disease.
China has been stepping up testing to avoid the resurgence of Covid-19 as the country seeks to slowly return things back to normal. For now, JD is only serving users in Beijing. Alibaba Health is offering testing in 10 major cities as of Tuesday, with more to come.