Bahrain introduces rapid testing for COVID-19

Cairo: Bahrain has launched a rapid test service to detect COVID-19, a health official said today.

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The service introduced on a trial basis aims at initially conducting 20,000 tests, mainly for teachers, students, front-line medical teams and persons displaying symptoms of the disease, head of labs at the Health Ministry’s Primary Health Care Batul Al Alawi added.

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This type of testing detects coronavirus infections through a nasal swab and accurately diagnoses the patient’s case in 15 minutes without a need for a specialised lab.

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The official noted that results of the rapid test are the same as those of the virus-detecting PCR testing.

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“This test does not substitute the PCR in case the result is positive,” she said, according to Akhbar Al Khaleej newspaper.

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The rapid test is characteristically easy to use and saves time as it can be conducted in campaigns to examine a large number of people in a short span of time.

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