PCR test does not accurately detect new COVID-19 variant: Health Ministry

Jordan

Published: 2020-12-22 20:48

Last Updated: 2021-04-11 00:59


PCR test does not accurately detect new COVID-19 variant: Health Ministry
PCR test does not accurately detect new COVID-19 variant: Health Ministry

Tuesday, the Assistant Secretary-General for Primary Health Care Ghazi Sharkas said the Ministry of Health has not yet been able to confirm that the mutated coronavirus has arrived in Jordan, adding that the PCR test does not appear to accurately detect the new strain.

He also said that the new variant requires special devices, which are available at Jordan University.

Sharkas added during Roya’s news bulletin that Jordan is following the developments of the mutated virus with several countries and the World Health Organization (WHO).

He pointed out that the new mutation has nothing to do with the high numbers of coronavirus infections, stressing that Jordan had not reached the big peak in the number of infections.

Sharkas said that the new mutation means more precautionary measures are required, as the new strain is more infectious.