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Saudi Health Ministry Conducts 4 Million COVID-19 Lab Tests

Saudi Health Ministry Conducts 4 Million COVID-19 Lab Tests

Friday, 14 August, 2020 - 09:00
A hospital entrance in Riyadh on March 15, 2020. (AFP)

The Saudi Ministry of Health said it had conducted more than four million laboratory tests for COVID-19 using advanced testing technologies and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing method.

Saudi Arabia is one of the first countries in the world to provide laboratory testing for the virus, as it has prepared and equipped the national laboratory at the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control for Covid-19 tests, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The Health Ministry has also launched more than 50 specialized laboratories and units throughout the Kingdom, which contributed to bringing a quantum leap and advanced services, represented in obtaining test results in a record period.

It indicated that since the outbreak of the virus in Saudi Arabia, almost 1,000 examinations were conducted every day - it now stands at 67,000 tests.

The Health Ministry continues to intensify laboratory tests through several effective measures that contributed to the early detection of virus cases. These measures included the implementation of the expanded testing, which focused on conducting testing by field teams from the Ministry, which resulted in detecting more infections, contributing to better containment of the virus.

According to SPA, the Health Ministry has implemented the 2nd stage of its expanded COVID-19 testing that aims to assess the general spread of the virus in Saudi Arabia. It also launched the initiative of the (Tetamman) serving individuals who show COVID-19 symptoms.

The Ministry also launched the 3rd stage of Make Sure (Taakkad) initiative centers across the Kingdom cities, as a part of the expanded screening to evaluate the prevalence of COVID-19.

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