Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia plans to double its testing program to 36,000 tests daily

Health workers perform a nose swab test during a drive through coronavirus test campaign held in Diriyah hospital in Riyadh. (File photo: AFP)

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health is planning to double its coronavirus testing program to conduct up to 36,000 COVID-19 tests daily, the spokesman Mohammed al-Abd al-Ali said on Sunday.

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The Kingdom currently conducts between 15,000 to 18,000 tests daily as part of its efforts to curb the outbreak, he added.

Only a month ago, the Kingdom was conducting around 5,000 and 6,000 tests per day, he said, adding that at the time it was a significant number compared to other countries.

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Saudi Arabia has since tripled the amount of tests to ensure that cases are detected early and isolated to prevent them from spreading further, according to al-Abd al-Ali.

Health workers perform a nose swab test during a drive through coronavirus test campaign held in Diriyah hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh. (File photo: AFP)

Health workers perform a nose swab test during a drive through coronavirus test campaign held in Diriyah hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh. (File photo: AFP)

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A total of 586,405 coronavirus tests have been conducted across the country so far, he said.

The Kingdom has reported 54,752 confirmed coronavirus cases and 312 deaths so far.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:58 - GMT 06:58
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