The wording in the reports often suggests that the pending evidence is not included, but we have not seen any definitive confirmation of it. The Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services provides COVID-19 reports on its official Facebook page, which contain the cumulative number of samples analyzed. These reports date from the end of March 2020, but only included on 1. April 2020 test numbers when the total number analyzed was 306 samples. The reported test positivity rate corresponds to the number of confirmed cases divided by the number of PCR and antigen tests carried out in the last 24 hours. We therefore assume that the positive results of antigen tests can be used to confirm COVID 19 cases.

In these cases, we derive the cumulative sum based on the total change + the daily amount accumulated the previous day. In January 2021, the Ministry of Health approved the acquisition and use of antigen tests in 10 laboratories, according to this article. We will monitor the situation to determine if these antigen tests are included in the tests and case numbers. For this reason, we calculated a positive rate for Belgium by dividing the sum of 7 days of positive PCR and antigen tests by the sum of 7 days of PCR and antigen tests carried out . – The number of tests reported by Sciensano in its time series includes PCR and antigen tests.

PCR tests are considered the “gold standard” in COVID-19 detection and are often more accurate than a quick test, especially for people without symptoms. The COVID-19-PCR test takes longer to achieve results, which leads to delays in reducing the spread of the virus. DHSS recommends tests for all people who have had close contacts with people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Asymptomatic non-vaccinated people who were in close contact with an infected person should be tested immediately after exposure is detected. People are asked to try quarantine again on day 5 through 7. Asymptomatically vaccinated people who identify as close contacts with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 5 to 7 days after exposure.

The Trinidadian Ministry of Health publishes daily updates on its official website, which show the cumulative number of people we value, with whom we create a daily time series. The test numbers include repeated testers, which are tested several times in the course of the pandemic. Negative, positive and outstanding results are included. The Jordanian Ministry of Health publishes daily updates specifying the number of daily tests and the cumulative number of tests that have been performed so far, with which we create a number of times of the day.

A positive PCR test is required to confirm a case of COVID-19 published in January 2021. Antigen tests are available but are not recommended and all results must be reported to HPA. The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health provides daily reports on its official Twitter account (@KUWAIT_MOH), which document the daily (“NEW EXAMS”) and the lateral flow test cumulative (“total”) number of tests performed. It is unclear whether the pending evidence is included in the test numbers. At that time, 227,000 tests were carried out. We also calculated a positive rate by dividing the sum of 7 days of positive results (“incidence_pozitivni”) by the sum of 7 days of the tests carried out.

In the first months of the COVID-19 outbreak, daily summaries previously reported test numbers using inconsistent terminology such as. Analyzed samples (“samples”), people who underwent tests (“people referred to tests”), and tests (“tests”). This inconsistent use of terminology does not appear to reflect a significant change in the reported numbers, as there are no significant corresponding interruptions in the time series. January 2021 “the World Health Organization supplied and supplied the Ministry of Health with 40,000 fast antigen tests for COVID-19.”. In February 2021, the Armenian Ministry of Health published a methodological guide to epidemiological surveillance, which states that these antigen tests can be used to confirm COVID 19 cases.