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Seven new drive-through Covid-19 screening centres open in UAE to facilitate Abu Dhabi entry

Seven new drive-through Covid-19 screening centres open in UAE to facilitate Abu Dhabi entry

Those wanting to enter the capital emirate can book an appointment via the SEHA phone app

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Seven new drive-through Covid-19 screening centres, offering tests at Dhs50, have opened across the country to facilitate entry into Abu Dhabi.

The launch of laser-based DPI testing (blood test) for people wanting to enter or renter Abu Dhabi at selected drive-through screening centres was announced by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company – SEHA’s – Ambulatory Healthcare Services (AHS).

“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,” SEHA said in a statement.

Those wanting to enter the capital emirate can book an appointment via the SEHA phone app. A small blood sample will be collected with results appearing in minutes.

If the test result indicates that no swab is needed, an SMS will be sent to the customer, enabling him/her to enter Abu Dhabi within 48 hours from the test result.

“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,” SEHA added.

Dr. Noura Al Ghaithi, chief operations officer at AHS, said: “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.”

She added that more locations will be introduced soon.

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

The UAE has reported a total of 62,966 cases of the infectious Covid-19 virus within the country.

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