Gov’t considers rapid tests as new wave hits Jordan

1. COVID Tests
Due to an increase in number of people getting tested for COVID-19, some PCR results have been experiencing a delay of 24–48 hours, according to the Ministry of Health. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Director of Laboratories at the Ministry of Health Mahmoud Al-Ghazo said on Tuesday that the ministry is considering using a rapid test to detect the coronavirus, despite the fact that the test is said to be less accurate than the PCR test, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

Ghazo said that “we may have to use the rapid test if the number of tested people increases significantly”.

"The accuracy of the rapid examination may reach 80–90 percent,” he said, adding that “we are now in the discussion stage, and the Epidemiology Committee must make a decision”.

According to the Ministry of Health, coronavirus testing centers have been under great pressure over the past two weeks, which led to some delay in issuing the results, which currently takes from 24 to 48 hours, said Ghazo, adding that the Central Laboratories Directorate receives 25,000 to 26,000 COVID-19 samples a day.

"Nowadays, results are usually issued within 48 hours, but in the coming days we will partner with the private sector to increase the efficiency and speed up the release of the results," he added.

National Epidemiological Committee member Bassam Hijjawi on Wednesday also said that "Jordan is close to the peak of the current wave” after recording a positivity rate of 30 percent of all COVID-19 testing samples, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.

He added that 60 -70 percent of the currently infected cases are without symptoms or with mild symptoms, as the statistics indicate that 162,000 people are active in homes."

“We hope that the peak will be next week before the resumption of schools,” Hijjawi added.

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