PCR is standard test for COVID-19: HMC Jul 10, 2020 0 13547 12345 QNADohaThe Hamad Medical Cooperation (HMC) has underlined that the polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test is the standard test used to determine whether an individual is infected with COVID-19.Chairperson of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at HMC Dr Einas Al Kuwari said, “The current gold standard test used to determine whether an individual is infected with COVID-19 is the polymerise chain reaction test. This is a highly sensitive test which is carried out using a swab from the back of the mouth and the top of the nose, and it very accurately tells us if someone is COVID-19 positive.”“There is another test, the rapid serological test, which is carried out using a finger prick a little like a diabetes test. The results from this kind of test are very fast but less accurate than PCR test. The use of rapid serological tests must follow the clinical protocols and guidelines and should be done by clinical and trained staff. It is not recommended to be used by public.” RELATED ARTICLES Campaign to remove abandoned cars in Industrial Area launched Jul 10, 2020 0 14143 HMC soft launches Industrial Area Satellite Emergency Department Jul 10, 2020 0 13396 COVID-19 recoveries reach 97,272 Jul 10, 2020 0 1468 Amir condoles withCote d’Ivoire president QNA Doha His Highness The Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Thursday sent a cable of condolences to President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara on the death of Prime Minister Amadou .. Qatar’s foreign policy promotes int’l cooperation and solidarity: Envoy QNA Geneva Qatar has adopted over the past decades a foreign policy that strengthens and promotes international cooperation and solidarity with all countries and international and regional organisations to achieve .. Qatar’s economy likely to grow 3.4% in 2021 Satyendra Pathak Doha Qatar’s economy is expected to grow 3.4 percent in 2021 as a strong fiscal stimulus package to support the non-oil private sector should cushion the downturn being witnessed due to the ongoing ..