Pokaa, a Covid-19 sniffer dog, sniffs a training sample in Kunheim, France. AFP
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The 2-year-old dog, Pokaa, is employing his retrieving skills to help fight against the spread of COVID-19 at the Roselière care home in Kunheim in the northeastern French region of Alsace.
Pokaa is 48 hours quicker than a PCR laboratory test, by just sniffing sweat samples. No need to stick anything up in the nose to carry out a nasal swab.
Working since last week, near the town of Colmar, Pokaa is the first French sniffer dog to be used in the fight against COVID-19.
Pokaa simply needs to sniff a piece of cloth, which a patient has kept under an armpit for five minutes. After sniffing a number of samples, the dog will sit before those, which he considers positive.
Those patients identified as potentially positive by Pokaa are then given PCR tests to confirm the dog's findings.
Pokaa has been found to be 100 percent accurate for symptomatic sufferers and 95 percent for those without symptoms. He gives immediate results.
The dog has been trained by the charity Handi'chiens to recognise the protein spike, which the coronavirus uses to enter and infect healthy cells. He has no trouble with any of the variants currently circulating.
The measure aims to enhance precautionary measures as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health.
Abu Dhabi has issued fresh guidelines for attending events in the emirate.
Early detection of new cases and their contacts is an important and effective weapon in limiting the spread of the virus, and thus reducing complications and deaths.
In the other cases, the same cost would be covered under the government-funded programs (ABM3-ABM5), which cover all Emiratis and their domestic workers, people of determination, pregnant women, residents over 50, people with chronic diseases, people with COVID-19 symptoms and those who mix with infected people.
The woman filed a complaint with the police against her husband, who was summoned and interrogated, before the case was referred to the Public Prosecution and then to the Court of Misdemeanors in Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed also announced the new government strategic approach that will lay the foundations of work for the next 50 years.
Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter: "Brothers and sisters... after consulting with my brother Mohamed Bin Zayed and the President of the State, we announce today the new ministerial formation of the federal government in the UAE... and with the new formation we also announce a new methodology for the federal government work for the fifty."
"We have given at least one dose of the vaccine to more than 91 per cent (of adults) and 39 per cent have got both,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters. "There was also a sharp decrease in hospitalisations and the rate of reinfection is also on the decline..."