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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 Dubai Police have installed a sterilisation gate in Naif area to secure a safe exit and entry for the residents living there, according to Brig. Gen. Tariq Mohammad Noor Tahlak, Director of the Naif Police Station.
Students in the UAE enrolled in mainstream schools are studying at home since the authorities have barred them from attending their classes in line with safety measures against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) since last month. This happened with over a dozen academic institutes exclusively catering for the students of determination (special needs) in Dubai.
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