Covid-19 PCR tests to now cost Dhs65 in Abu Dhabi
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Covid-19 PCR tests to now cost Dhs65 in Abu Dhabi

Covid-19 PCR tests to now cost Dhs65 in Abu Dhabi

The same tests would previously cost Dhs85 in the capital emirate

Covid-19 PCR test

The cost of undergoing a Covid-19 PCR tests in Abu Dhabi has been reduced to Dhs65, down from previous amount of Dhs85, across all Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) facilities.

Local media reports added that the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi reportedly said in a circular issued to medical service providers and insurance companies this week that the cost of the PCR test would be covered by the individual themselves should they visit the healthcare facilities without any symptoms.

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In the other cases, the cost would be covered under the government-funded programmes (ABM3-ABM5), which cover all Emiratis and their domestic workers, people of determination, pregnant women, residents over 50, people with chronic diseases, people with Covid-19 symptoms and those who mix with infected people.

It comes shortly after authorities in the capital emirate confirmed that all Abu Dhabi government employees who are present on-site within their workplaces must undertake regular Covid-19 PCR tests, the cost of which will be borne by themselves. The rule is applicable to everyone irrespective of whether or not they have received the Covid-19 vaccine.

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Furthermore, employees of companies operating in certain business categories across the UAE, and who have not taken the Covid-19 vaccine, will be required to undergo a mandatory PCR test every 14 days. It covers sectors such as hotels, restaurants, transportation and health, as well as social and individual activities related to laundries, beauty salons and barbershops.

Read: UAE: Fortnightly Covid-19 PCR tests mandatory for unvaccinated employees in five sectors

On March 24, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that it conducted 226,275 Covid-19 tests over the past 24 hours. The total number of infections recorded in the country stands at 446,594, which includes 429,573 recoveries and 1,456 deaths.

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