A man demonstrates how a COVID-19 breath test works in Amsterdam, Netherlands. File / Reuters
Gulf Today Report
As the world struggles to contain coronavirus pandemic, the Netherlands has come with a breath test to detect coronavirus within minutes.
The new test, which is a less intrusive procedure, can speed up the testing process.
The machine, which was originally developed to detect asthma and lung cancer, had collected enough data to prove that it can reliably spot a possible coronavirus infection also.
The machine is developed by Dutch health tech company Breathomix,
A positive test needed to be followed by a regular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to establish whether the detected infection was caused by a coronavirus.
The Dutch health service has ordered around 1,800 machines with plans to introduce them in test facilities across the country in coming months.
As the machine is also sensitive to alcohol, smoke and other distracting factors in a person's breath, it will not offer a direct solution for reopening venues to large audiences.
The 27-year-old bowler, who last played against Zimbabwe in June 2019, revealed that he is working as a food delivery guy to make his ends meet during the lockdown.
"Our goal is to achieve zero COVID infection for two months in our villages. And I believe you can do it," Mayor Moreno said in handing the $2,000 to each of the village chairmen. "That's why we want to honour you for your achievement."
Katrina Kaif underwent a coronavirus test before starting a shoot for an upcoming film. The Bollywood diva took to her social media account to post a video of taking the test.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that as a gesture of solidarity with the people of India, Pakistan has offered to provide relief support including ventilators, oxygen supply kits, digital X-ray machines, PPEs and related items.
At the level of countries, the UAE ranked 14th in the world in terms of the number of billionaires.
A woman filed a lawsuit against a women’s salon in which she requested the court to obligate the salon to pay her Dhs100,000 in compensation for the burns she sustained by mistake when her nails were trimmed and decorated with acrylic. She said this substance was left on her fingers for a long period and consequently caused finger burns of second and third degrees.
The Water Department of the Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority completed the installation of a strategic water line extending for 56km from Hamda area to Al Badea area with a diameter of 800mm at a total cost of Dhs96 million, excluding the value of materials. The project aims at enhancing the diversity of water sources in the city of Sharjah and guaranteeing the continuity of service.
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, approved the start of the first phase of land levelling for the residential areas in Al Shannouf 1-6, totalling 3,000 plots of land at 50 plots in each area.