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Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said on Sunday that children aged between 3-16 could now be tested for COVID-19 by providing a saliva sample instead of the widely used nasal swab.
“To provide convenience and ease to children between 3 to 16 years old, who need a COVID-19 test, DHA has adopted the saliva test as an alternative to the nasal swab for PCR testing after a large research study by Mohammed Bin Rashid University and DHA,” authority tweeted.
This is in line with the UAE’s vision to expand the scope of testing nationwide, so the spread of the virus can be curbed.
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The saliva test has gotten a pass following research carried out by Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health, said DHA.
Since the outbreak of the virus, the UAE has recorded 158,990 case, 552 deaths and 148,871 recoveries.
As part of intensified efforts to combat the coronavirus, the Dubai Health Authority today announced that it has opened a drive-through COVID-19 testing centre at the Al Nasr Club for the general public.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has joined TikTok to launch the #ThankYouHeroes challenge. The challenge provides a platform for the TikTok UAE community to express their appreciation for the hard work and dedication shown by the country’s first line of defenders against COVID-19.
The DHA also said, “All those who are due for the second dose of this vaccine will receive a text message with the date and location for their vaccination appointment.”
Cases have fallen steadily in some Indian states hit by an initial surge in infections, such as the richest state of Maharashtra and the capital New Delhi, after they imposed stringent lockdowns. Testing rates also at their lowest since Sunday.
The NCOC late last month announced a new set of restrictions including a blanket ban on tourism and inter-provincial transport in an attempt to contain a further rise in already mounting coronavirus cases under the "Stay Home, Stay Safe” strategy.
Sheikh Mohamed and Sheikh Hamad engaged in cordial talk on the development journey the UAE is going through. They recalled the role of the founding leaders to enhance the country's global stature.
The Associated Press said on Saturday it was "shocked and horrified" by an Israeli airstrike that destroyed a building housing the US news agency's Gaza bureau and those of other international news media. The White House said it has cautioned Israel about the importance of protecting independent media.