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Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health approves 3 new Covid-19 diagnostic tests

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health approves 3 new Covid-19 diagnostic tests

The new tests offer faster results and enable physicians to make swift decisions regarding medical treatment

The Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health (DOH) has approved three new Covid-19 diagnostic tests to be used in ER departments and urgent care centres in the capital emirate.

The new tests include: Antigen test (nasal swab tests that provide results within 20 minutes), RT-LAMP Genetic test (nasal swab test that provides results within one hour) and saliva specimen (which can be used for diagnosis in children if the collection of a nasal swab isn’t possible).

The new tests offer faster results and enable physicians to make swift decisions regarding medical treatment.

The UAE has approved the Sinopharm and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine last month and the more recent Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use within the country.

Read more: UAE approves Russian vaccine Sputnik for emergency use

As of January 24, the UAE has a confirmed Covid-19 case count of 277,955, while its death toll stands at 792.

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