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Covid-19: Drive-thru testing centre opens in UAE

Photos by Ryan Lim

Published on March 29, 2020 at 14.33

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Drive-through testing facility for Covid 19

The Abu Dhabi health authority has launched the country's first drive-through testing facility for Covid-19 at Zayed Sports City. Citizens and residents can be tested in 5 minutes, with results delivered via SMS at the SEHA app. (Photo by Ryan Lim/Khaleej Times)
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Drive-through testing facility for Covid 19

The centre operates from 8am to 8pm every week-day and provides services to around 600 people per day, with priority given to senior citizens, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.
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Drive-through testing facility for Covid 19

Through this initiative, the UAE has become the fifth nation in the world to implement a drive-through service, accelerating testing times for the nation's population.
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Drive-through testing facility for Covid 19

The new service will be offered for Thiqa and non-Thiqa card holders, ensuring that testing facilities are available to everyone.
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Drive-through testing facility for Covid 19

With a maximum of four people being tested at one time, the new system is an extension of the UAE's commitment to ensure availability of Covid-19 testing for all.
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Drive-through testing facility for Covid 19

The facility is equipped with world-class medical professionals and equipment, the facility will allow for average capacity 600 tests daily.
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As part of the process, patients will need to book an appointment through Estijaba 8001717.
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People will need to participate in a pre-assessment screening, where they would need to answer questions related to their condition. Following the pre-screening, people who are considered to have contracted the virus and those who are most vulnerable, such as the elderly, pregnant women or people with chronic diseases will be prioritized. The test will be free for these individuals.
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For the wider community who prefer to do the examination for reassurance only, the testing procedure will cost Dh370.
 
 
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