UAE Develops Rapid COVID-19 Laser Testing Technology That Gives Results In Seconds, Will Enable Much Faster Mass Screenings

UAE Develops Rapid COVID-19 Laser Testing Technology That Gives Results In Seconds, Will Enable Much Faster Mass Screenings

The device innovated by QuantLase Imaging Lab, the medical-research arm of International Holdings Company can be used for in-house testing and monitoring of coronavirus
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UAE Develops Rapid COVID-19 Laser Testing Technology That Gives Results In Seconds, Will Enable Much Faster Mass ScreeningsRapid COVID-19 laser testing technology might be available in the market in a few months: Dr Pramod Kumar
Highlights
  • Laser-based Diffractive Phase Interferometry technique is user-friendly
  • Device is suitable for hospitals, public places like cinemas: Dr Pramod
  • With little training, device can be used for in-house testing: Dr Pramod

Abu Dhabi: As the medical fraternity around the world scrambles to develop ways which will enable better tackling of coronavirus crisis, QuantLase Imaging Lab, the medical-research arm of International Holdings Company, IHC announced that it has developed novel equipment which enables for much faster mass screenings, with test results available in seconds and allowing testing on a wider scale. According to a report in WAM, “this breakthrough will enable ‘Mass-scale screening’, changing the whole dimension of tracing and the speed with which workforces can be approached”.

As per the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of coronavirus cases across the world has risen to 4,629,503 while the death toll has risen to 2,97,360.

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The COVID-19 cases in the UAE stand at 25,063. The deadly virus has also claimed 227 lives in the country.

WAM quoted Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, as saying that the government is keen on supporting initiatives that help the healthcare system in the UAE.

Health officials have been closely monitoring the progress of trials with QuantLase in order to test this equipment. We are proud to see a technology that works and that will help to protect our people better.

Dr Pramod Kumar, who leads the team of researchers at the lab which has been studying the change in the cell structure of the virus-infected blood, stated that the equipment, which uses a CMOS detector, will enable mass-scale screening with results made available in seconds.

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In fact, our laser-based DPI (Diffractive Phase Interferometry) technique, based on optical-phase modulation, is able to give a signature of infection within a few seconds. What’s more, it is user-friendly, non-invasive and low-cost. The device is suitable for use not only in hospitals and public places like cinemas and shopping malls, but with a ‘little hands-on training’ it can be used for in-house testing and monitoring. We believe it will be a game-changer in tackling the spread of the coronavirus, Dr Kumar was quoted as saying.

Dr Kumar expressed hope that the lab would be able to roll out the product in the market in a few months.

As far as early-stage detection is concerned, our DPI technique is capable to detect as soon as the blood cell gets infected. Our aim is to eventually reach the maximum level of accuracy, said Dr Kumar.

This comes after US drugmaker Moderna announced on Monday (May 18) that phase I trials of COVID-19 vaccine has shown positive early results.

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World

17,59,54,708Cases
5,81,66,715Active
11,39,84,189Recovered
38,03,804Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,59,54,708 and 38,03,804 have died; 5,81,66,715 are active cases and 11,39,84,189 have recovered as on June 14, 2021 at 3:36 am.

India

2,95,10,410 70,421Cases
9,73,15853,001Active
2,81,62,947 1,19,501Recovered
3,74,305 3,921Deaths
In India, there are 2,95,10,410 confirmed cases including 3,74,305 deaths. The number of active cases is 9,73,158 and 2,81,62,947 have recovered as on June 14, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,08,992 10,442

1,58,617 167

56,39,271 7,504

1,11,104 2,771

Karnataka

27,65,134 7,810

1,80,856 10,961

25,51,365 18,646

32,913 125

Kerala

27,28,239 11,584

1,23,433 6,478

25,93,625 17,856

11,181 206

Tamil Nadu

23,53,721 14,016

1,49,927 12,146

21,74,247 25,895

29,547 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,09,844 6,770

85,637 5,780

17,12,267 12,492

11,940 58

Uttar Pradesh

17,02,624 452

8,986 820

16,71,852 1,221

21,786 51

West Bengal

14,61,257 3,984

17,651 1,403

14,26,710 2,497

16,896 84

Delhi

14,31,139 255

3,466 144

14,02,850 376

24,823 23

Chhattisgarh

9,86,963 459

13,677 1,405

9,59,969 1,858

13,317 6

Rajasthan

9,49,684 308

7,441 959

9,33,421 1,260

8,822 7

Odisha

8,51,782 4,469

51,681 3,309

7,96,799 7,733

3,302 45

Gujarat

8,20,321 455

10,249 614

8,00,075 1,063

9,997 6

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,183 274

4,251 524

7,75,380 780

8,552 18

Haryana

7,65,861 339

4,661 525

7,52,208 821

8,992 43

Bihar

7,17,215 487

5,312 389

7,02,411 868

9,492 8

Telangana

6,03,369 1,280

21,137 996

5,78,748 2,261

3,484 15

Punjab

5,87,903 956

12,981 1,083

5,59,360 1,980

15,562 59

Assam

4,59,497 2,167

41,373 3,272

4,14,173 5,403

3,951 36

Jharkhand

3,43,458 154

3,395 571

3,34,979 723

5,084 2

Uttarakhand

3,36,879 263

4,633 388

3,25,311 644

6,935 7

Jammu And Kashmir

3,07,412 774

15,081 1,203

2,88,145 1,965

4,186 12

Himachal Pradesh

1,98,550 237

4,777 625

1,90,382 855

3,391 7

Goa

1,62,468 420

4,882 175

1,54,658 581

2,928 14

Puducherry

1,12,528 402

5,331 414

1,05,513 809

1,684 7

Chandigarh

61,110 54

520 20

59,798 71

792 3

Manipur

59,852 530

8,499 211

50,379 726

974 15

Tripura

59,321 235

5,170 382

53,531 610

620 7

Meghalaya

41,906 305

4,623 248

36,550 547

733 6

Arunachal Pradesh

31,282 134

2,885 302

28,252 434

145 2

Nagaland

23,644 82

3,502 131

19,689 208

453 5

Ladakh

19,561 17

658 88

18,706 105

197

Sikkim

18,414 157

3,553 230

14,580 387

281

Mizoram

15,364 97

3,549 111

11,748 203

67 5

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,463 1

78 17

10,381 18

4

Lakshadweep

9,209 34

576 39

8,589 72

44 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,261 18

110 11

7,025 29

126

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