Health Ministry Warns of Unreliable COVID-19 Tests

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Sarah Peddie

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has warned the public against the use of unreliable methods to test for COVID-19. 

Officials stated that the only way for the public to test for the virus that they recommend is the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

This test is used to directly detect the presence of an antigen rather than presence of the body’s immune response or antibodies. 

They specifically pointed out not to use the antibody rapid testing - and this statement is backed up by research and health organisations as an unreliable test. 

Ministry spokesman Al-Abd Al-Aly also pointed out that added panic and paranoia around COVID-19 could harm individuals and those around them as well.

Saudi Arabia is now heading into the third phase of easing its lockdown and curfew restrictions.

It was added that people attending mosques for group prayers should do so at home, take their own prayer mat and read the Qur’an online. 

Worshipers must keep their distance when lining up for prayers, avoid overcrowding, cover their nose and mouth and be warned not to touch surfaces. 

The Kingdom has had over 167,000 cases throughout the country which has resulted in over 1,300 deaths.

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