The United Arab Emirates recorded a slight drop in COVID-19 cases 470 new infections of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 74,454, the Ministry of Health and Prevention said on Monday.
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Two people died due to complications caused by COVID-19, which raises the virus-related death toll to 390.
Meanwhile, the total number of recoveries in the UAE rose to 74,454 after 438 people recovered from the coronavirus.
The Ministry of Health conducts 57,506 tests as part of its plans to expand the scope of the tests, and reveals 470 new cases of the #Coronavirus, 438 recoveries and 2 death cases due to complications.#CommitToWin pic.twitter.com/7eucmW9uKg— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) September 7, 2020
UAE study makes breakthrough
Saliva screenings are as effective at detecting the novel coronavirus as the commonly used PCR nasal swab tests, a new study conducted by researchers in the UAE has found.
The study – published in the Infection and Drug Resistance journal – determined that it is not necessary for medical staff to conduct nose swabs to detect the virus.
A team of researchers at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Health Sciences in Dubai collected and analyzed saliva and nasal swabs from 401 adults who had visited the Khawaneej Health Center for a COVID-19 test.
The results showed that saliva can be used for viral detection with 70 per cent sensitivity and 95 per cent specificity, making it just as effective as the nasal swab.