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A mobile laboratory for COVID-19 tests has been launched in the Saudi holy city of Medina with daily 10,000 samples when it reaches its full capacity, the Saudi news agency SPA has reported. Image Credit:

Cairo: A mobile laboratory for COVID-19 tests has been launched in the Saudi holy city of Medina with daily 10,000 samples when it reaches its full capacity, the Saudi news agency SPA has reported.

The facility, manned by 84 medics, was launched by Medina Governor Prince Faisal Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz. Findings of the sample in the new lab take 12 hours compared to 24 to 36 hours previously.

The facility comprises medical, technical and administrative divisions.

“The mobile lab will help in accurate and rapid testing for the region’s inhabitants,” head of the Medina region’s health affairs, Dr Mohammad Khalawi, said.

He added that the lab is electronically linked to all hospitals and health centres in the region.

Nearly 90 per cent of a total of 9,611 coronavirus cases has recovered in Medina, according to health authorities.

Nineteen new cases in Medina were among the overall 1,881 virus infections reported by the Saudi Health Ministry on Monday.