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Egypt clarifies statement by health official, says over 105,000 PCR tests conducted

The statement by the health official was referring to tests including the initial rapid test and radiological examinations, not just the PCR

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 May 2020
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Egyptian doctors check a patient's lung X-ray at the infectious diseases unit of the Imbaba hospital
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Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) said in a statement on Saturday that Egypt has so far conducted over 105,000 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests, clarifying earlier statements by a presidential advisor on the types of tests conducted by the country.

In a statement on Saturday, the SIS clarified comments made on Thursday by Presidential Adviser for Health and Prevention Affairs Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din to correspondents from foreign news agencies and newspapers where he said that “Egypt has conducted over 1 million coronavirus tests.”

According to the SIS, Tag El-Din was referring to different types of lab tests including the initial rapid test and radiological examinations, not just the PCR.

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