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UAE: New rapid Covid tests approved; results in as little as 20 minutes

Web report/Abu Dhabi
Filed on January 24, 2021 | Last updated on January 25, 2021 at 12.18 pm
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The new tests are faster, thereby enabling physicians to make rapid decisions regarding medical treatment.

The Department of Health - Abu Dhabi has approved three new Covid-19 diagnostic tests to be used in emergency departments and urgent care centres in Abu Dhabi.

The new tests — based on the latest global scientific developments — are faster, thereby enabling physicians to make rapid decisions regarding medical treatment.

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The new tests include:

> Antigen test: Nasal swab rapid viral detection test that provides results in 20 minutes

> RT-LAMP genetic test: Nasal swab test that provides results within one hour

> Saliva specimens: Can be used for Covid-19 diagnosis in children in healthcare settings if the ollection of a nasal swab is not possible





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