COVID-19: Oman revises costs of tests in private hospitals

Dubai: Oman’s Ministry of Health has revised the costs of COVID-19 tests in private hospitals. It has also waived an additional charges on each sample, local media reported.

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Earlier tests used to cost from RO 14 to 45 (Dhs 134 to 429) .

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According to reports there are three kinds of tests being conducted in Oman:

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1) Real-Time (RT) -PCR tests that cost RO35 (Dhs 334) which is a nasal swab that detect the virus. The time taken to get the result is 120 minutes and the report is issued within two to three days.

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2) The Point-of-Care-PCR automated test, which also uses nasal swab, and costs RO 50 (Dhs 477). It takes 45 minutes and the report is issued in one day.

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3) The serological test looks for past infections using a blood sample and needs one hour to get the result. The report is issued within two hours for RO15 (Dhs 145).

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The decision assumes significance as countries that opened up for travel often insist on PCR tests to avoid mandatory institutional isolation.

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Even India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that travellers with a negative Real-Time (RT) -PCR test can seek exemption from the mandatory institutional quarantine.

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Egypt too has banned entry into the country without proof of having had a PCR test for the coronavirus from this Saturday.

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The test must come back with a negative result no more than 72 hours before entering the country, according to the Egyptian government.

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