Health Ministry conducts over 4 Million COVID-19 laboratory tests

Friday 1441/12/24 - 2020/08/14
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Riyadh, August 13, 2020, SPA -- The Ministry of Health stated that it had conducted more than 4 million laboratory tests for COVID-19 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with advanced testing technologies, using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.
The Kingdom of 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 Health Ministry has also launched more than 50 specialized laboratories and units throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which contributed to bringing a quantum leap and advanced services, represented in obtaining test results in a record period.
The Health Ministry indicated that since the outbreak of the virus in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the number of daily examinations was approximately 1,000 every day, as 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 Coronavirus cases. These measures included the implementation of the expanded testing, which focused on conducting testing by field teams of the Ministry, which resulted in recording more infections, contributing to better containment of the virus.
The Health Ministry has implemented the second stage of its expanded COVID-19 testing that aims to assess the general spread of the novel Coronavirus in Saudi Arabia. It also launched the initiative of the (Tetamman) serving individuals who show COVID-19 symptoms such as: high fever, which may be accompanied by shortness of breath or coughing, without having appointments.
The Ministry of Health has also launched the third stage of Make Sure (Taakkad) initiative centers across the Kingdom cities, as a part of the expanded screening to evaluate the prevalence of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This initiative is carried out through different methods, including drive-through Coronavirus testing centers, and at primary healthcare centers. Citizens and expatriates can book an appointment to take samples via (Sehaty) App.
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01:52 LOCAL TIME 22:52 GMT
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