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Combating coronavirus: Three centres for Dh50 Covid-19 tests to open in Abu Dhabi

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi
ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on July 29, 2020
Dh50 Covid-19 tests, Abu Dhabi
LASER TESTS: Residents who get screened at the rapid Covid-19 testing centre on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border receive results in five minutes. - Photo by Juidin Bernarrd

These facilities will be using DPI laser-based technology for the rapid Covid-19 tests.

Three new Covid-19 testing centres will soon open in the Capital, allowing residents to get rapid laser tests done for only Dh50. Once up and running, these facilities would offer relief to Abu Dhabi residents who wish to travel outside the emirate as they are required to present a negative test result upon their return.

To be operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services (Seha), the three centres will be located in Zayed Sports City, Corniche area, and Hili area in Al Ain. Residents would have to book appointments through Seha's smart application before coming for tests. Slots will be available daily starting August 1,  according to a local newspaper  which quoted Seha.

These facilities will be using DPI laser-based technology for the rapid Covid-19 tests, similar to those carried out at the Ghantoot centre on Dubai-Abu Dhabi border.

Only those who test negative will be given results, allowing them to re-enter Abu Dhabi within 48 hours from the time of testing.

"In case the DPI testing showed a necessity to conduct a PCR test, the patient will have to be subjected to it at the same centre for Dh320," authorities said. Then, the person will be advised to stay home until the test result is released.

Officials said the DPI testing can be done only to adults and children aged 12 years and older. Those who wish to get screened must present their original Emirates ID at the testing facility, along with the QR code for the appointment.

Appointments on the Seha smart app can be done for an individual or a group of up to three people or five people from one family, including domestic workers.


How to get screened at the new facilities

>> Residents will have to book appointments via the Seha smart app

>> On the day of the appointment, they must present their original Emirates ID at the testing facility, along with the QR code for the booking

>> Only those who test negative will be given results, allowing them to re-enter Abu Dhabi within 48 hours from the time of testing

>> If the DPI testing showed it's necessary to conduct a PCR test, the patient will have to be subjected to it at the same centre for Dh320

ismail@khaleejtimes.com

 

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Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.


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