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We are going through community spread and PCR tests are worthless — Maani

COVID
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AMMAN — Former health minister Walid Al-Maani has said that we have no option but to admit that we are now going through a community spread of COVID-19 and the issue is no longer a case here and a case there; rendering selective quarantine protocols and PCR tests ineffective.اضافة اعلان

He told Ammon News that when a community outbreak occurs, none of these measures helps, and PCR tests become worthless, as long as everyone is infected or will be infected.

Maani added that PCR testing was necessary when it was directed at those who were in contact with infected persons or at a high infection zone in order to limit the spread, but now we have to think again about changing the game plan and reserving testing only for the high-risk category of patients.

Logic says that everyone will be infected, so we must hurry to vaccinate the young and children so that we can rectify our situation and be ready when the storm hits us, Maani said.

He said that we still have a short window of time to raise the rate of vaccinations and boosters, in addition to preparing our hospitals and direct the funds and cadres we use to conduct tests that are meaningless now, towards maintaining hospitals and preparing the health sector.

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