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No significant difference between ART, PCR, says minister

Adib Noor

The negative predictive values of PCR and antigen rapid tests (ART) on travellers entering the country show no significant difference, thus the decision to allow them entry using ART results.

This was said by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the daily press conference yesterday.

“Since the re-opening of borders, we have received 2,400 travellers screened for COVID-19 using PCR and ART to find the negative predictive value, which are the statistical value used to determine whether a person is truly uninfected,” said the minister. “Results from both tests showed no significant difference, thus the decisions made to only use ART screening on fully-vaccinated travellers entering the Sultanate,” he added.