AUTHENTICITY OF COVID-19 DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS QUESTIONED

Written by on March 30, 2020

Saudi authorities have seized more than five million medical masks that were illegally stockpiled amid the coronavirus outbreak. state media reported on Sunday.

The commerce ministry seized 1.17 million masks from a private store in Hail, after authorities confiscated more than four million masks stored in a facility in the western city of Jeddah in violation of commercial regulations.

The ministry said people behind such activities would be prosecuted, and that the confiscated masks would be redistributed to the open market.

Pharmacies in the oil-rich kingdom have reported shortages of masks amid panic buying, as authorities warned against prices hikes.

……Meanwhile, There are now concerns about the authenticity of the COVID-19 diagnostic tools after a spate of mysterious second-time infections in China.

Some Wuhan residents who had tested positive earlier and then recovered from the disease are testing positive for the virus a second time.

Based on data from several quarantine facilities in the city, which house patients for further observation after their discharge from hospitals, about 5%-10% of patients pronounced “recovered” have tested positive again.


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