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Saudi to use police dogs in COVID-19 detection similar to UAE

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Following 80 percent success rate of experiments that Saudi conducted to determine the unique ability of K9 dogs to detect presumed cases of COVID-19, the Saudi Custom announced that it will soon deploy police dogs at all customs entry points when international flights resume.

This method has earlier been employed by the UAE in detecting traces of coronavirus among humans. Over the weekend, the UAE Ministry of Interior has deployed at Dubai airports a number of K9 dogs trained to detect COVID-19 through human scent.

Abdullah Al-Salloum, Director of the National Center for Living Means at the Saudi Customs, told the Saudi Gazette that training of police dogs for this method is well underway, in cooperation with the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

“The center is currently working on completing all the requirements that ensure the readiness of the dogs’ team,” he said.

The Saudi Customs posted a video on its social media accounts, showing the mechanism behind this novel way of detecting coronavirus.

The video highlights the ability of some breed of dogs to sniff out various scents even the smell below 40 feet under the ground.

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