No need for PCR tests — Kharabsheh

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AMMAN — Former minister of health and former head of the Epidemiological Assessment Committee, Saad Al-Kharabsheh said Jordan was ranked among the high-risk countries, in terms of the spread of COVID-19, with a positivity rate that has reached more than 30 percent, according to Jo24.اضافة اعلان

Kharabsheh added that this percentage proves that one in three people is infected in Jordan, and that there is no need for strict measures and PCR tests, especially at the borders and at airports. The government should save the money it spends on PCR tests, which amounts to some JD750,000 daily, he said, adding that “this amount of money should instead be spent on improving the treatment and protocols related to COVID-19.”

Only about five to seven COVID-19 cases are detected daily at airports, Kharabsheh said, adding that some countries only test individuals at high risk, first-degree contacts, and the medical staff to protect them. He also said that the health measures are not capable of keeping pace with the rapid spread of Omicron, and the government should import new medicine used for treating it and stop conducting the PCR test.

Kharabsheh pointed out that the fast PCR test costs JD5 at most and has a 95 percent accuracy, adding that the justifications given for banning this test are unreasonable. He also wondered whether the ministry is actually monitoring and following up on current 192 active cases in the Kingdom.

He also said that “if we count the cases scientifically, we will discover they are five times more than the announced numbers”. 

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