A PCR Test or Polymerase Chain Reaction test is used to detect RNA or genetic material specific to COVID-19 and its variants. It is very important in the detection of variants entering the country through the various travel channels.
The PCR Test is performed using a nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal (nose and throat) swab to obtain a sample. The sample is then delivered to a laboratory for in-depth analysis.
Results are delivered within 2 – 3 days (usually within 24 hours of being received in the laboratory).