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Fighting coronavirus: Abu Dhabi tightens testing rules for people entering Emirate

Ashwani Kumar /Abu Dhabi
ashwani@khaleejtimes.com Filed on August 26, 2020 | Last updated on August 26, 2020 at 06.23 am
Coronavirus, Two types, Covid-19 tests, approved, enter,Abu Dhabi

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The same type of test cannot be taken twice in a row within six days.

With the number of Covid-19 cases increasing, the local authorities have intensified precautionary measures to contain the spread of the pandemic.

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee, in cooperation with the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi, approved two sets of tests for people to enter Abu Dhabi from Thursday (August 27).

"Entry will be allowed within 48 hours of receiving a negative PCR test result, or with a negative DPI laser test result accompanied by a negative PCR test result received within six days," the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office tweeted on Tuesday.

The committee noted that the same type of test cannot be taken twice in a row within six days.

So far, people had to either show a negative PCR test result within 48 hours from receiving the result or DPI laser test taken at the border.

However, volunteers for the Covid-19 clinical vaccine trials are exempted from these entry measures and are authorised to use emergency vehicle lanes for a smooth journey.

Anyone violating these procedures will be fined as outlined by the Attorney General.

In the past few days, local authorities have upped the awareness drive with #CommitToWin social media campaign, regular messages from decision makers to avert a second wave of the pandemic.

More Dh50 testing centres

Ahead of the new test rules, the health authorities have ensured enough DPI testing facilities are opened across the UAE.

From last Saturday, people are able to take the Dh50 rapid test at three locations in Abu Dhabi - Zayed Sports City, Corniche (Saturday to Thursday from 8:00am to 8:00pm) and Laser Screening Centre in Ghantoot (24X7), Al Ain - Al Hili Wedding Hall (seven days a week from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm) and Al Hili, Dubai - Mina Rashed and Al Khawaneej and across the northern emirates - Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah (all seven days a week from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm), and Emirates Hospitality Centre in Ajman (24X7).

How to book appointments

For locations operated by Ambulatory Healthcare Services (SEHA), appointments can be made through the SEHA app.

For locations operated by Tamouh Healthcare, book an appointment via the website for: Ghantoot, Al Hili Wedding Hall or Ajman.

ashwani@khaleejtimes.com 

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Ashwani Kumar

I am a newspaperman from the emirate of Abu Dhabi. A journalist at heart. I get my stories from the streets. A south Indian born in the Hindi heartland, I easily connect with people from different nationalities and cultures. I am calm like a monk, sensitive and very patient reporter. On the ground, I cover a range of topics related to community, health, embassy, tourism, transport, business and sports. I will go out on a leg to do what’s right and stand by what I believe in.


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