Take drive-thru covid test before entering Abu Dhabi

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 12 August 2020: Seven new drive-through coronavirus screening centres have opened across the country.

Seha’s Ambulatory Healthcare Services announced on Tuesday the launch of laser-based DPI testing (blood test) for people wanting to enter or re-enter Abu Dhabi at selected drive-through screening centres.

“During the first phase, the service will be provided at screening centres in Zayed Sports City and Corniche in Abu Dhabi, Al Hili in Al Ain, and at the National Screening Centres in Mina Rashed, Al Khawaneej, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah,” the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, Seha, said in a statement.

Those wanting to enter the emirate can book an appointment via the Seha app and pay the Dh50 charge, said wam.

A small blood sample will be collected with results appearing in minutes. If the test result shows that no swab is needed, an SMS will be received that will enable the customer to enter Abu Dhabi within 48 hours from the test result.

However, Seha added, “If the test result shows that a nose swab is required, it will be done right away and the customer will need to isolate himself until the result is out.”

Commenting on the new service, Dr. Noura Al Ghaithi, Chief Operations Officer at AHS, said the screening centres were introduced in order to ease the journey for people wanting to enter the Emirate.

“All they need to do is book an appointment through Seha app and get tested from the comfort of their own cars at the centres in Abu Dhabi or Al Ain before leaving the Emirate or at one of the selected screening centres in the Northern Emirates before returning,” adding that more locations will be introduced soon.

Drive-through screening centres in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain will operate Saturday to Thursday from 8 am-8 pm, while the Northern Emirates locations will be open seven days a week from 10 am- 8 pm.

262 new cases, 195 recoveries, 1 death

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ABU DHABI, 11th August, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, announced Tuesday that it conducted 64,110 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.

In a statement, the Ministry stressed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.

As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced 262 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 62,966.

According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and are receiving the necessary care.

MoHAP also announced one death due to COVID-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 358.

The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished current COVID-19 patients a speedy and full recovery, calling on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and social distance to ensure the health and safety of all.

MoHAP also noted an additional 195 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 56,961.

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