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Dubai Health Authority bans rapid Covid-19 test

The tests are not reliable, according to experts

Dubai Health Authority bans rapid Covid-19 test

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has banned rapid viral coronavirus tests due to reports of false positives and negatives, DHA announced on Wednesday.

In a circular sent to healthcare facilities across the emirate, DHA said that medical professionals should refrain from using the tests, which use blood samples to detect antibodies against Covid-19.

Their accuracy, however, has been called into question, with some estimates claiming that they are less than 30 percent reliable.

“The efficacy of this test is not reliable,” Dr Jyoti Sateesh Rampallivar, a specialist clinical pathologist at the bio-health diagnostic centre, was quoted as saying in Gulf News. “The efficacy of the test is not reliable.”

“Although the test kits claim 97 to 99 percent sensitivity, the trest is neither reliable nor specific,” she added.

On Wednesday, the UAE announced that it had detected 725 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 20,386.

To date, over 1.5 million tests have been conducted across the country.

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