A health worker stands at a mobile screening station to detect coronavirus in Abu Dhabi. WAM
Over the next 10 days, test centres will open in Dubai, Sharjah (which will also serve Ajman and Umm al Qaiwain), Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, to provide fast-paced tests for citizens and residents across the UAE using the latest medical technology.
Further information regarding the contact details of the new centres and appointment procedures will be announced ahead of the opening.
The expansion reflects the leadership’s commitment to providing all citizens and residents with the facilities needed to combat COVID-19 and curb its spread.
The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), in collaboration with the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, launched the first drive-through test center at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
It is the first of its kind in the UAE and the fifth internationally, and offers a five-minute, in-vehicle test for Covid-19.
The Health Ministry announced that it had carried out more than 220,000 laboratory tests across the UAE for coronavirus, COVID-19. This makes the UAE's testing coverage at over 22,900 test per million people; the second highest test density in the world.
The tests have been conducted in collaboration with various authorities in the country, as part of the government’s efforts to ensure the safety and wellbeing of citizens and residents and to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The recent figures are a testimony to the efficiency of the national health system and the country’s readiness to tackle the virus.
The ministry also announced that the total number of recovered cases of COVID-19 has reached 680 with 92 cases fully recovered.
The Ministry announced the death of 6 people of different nationalities who were infected with the virus, and as a result of complications associated with other diseases.
The Ministry also announced the full recovery of 93 new cases after receiving the necessary treatment, taking to 1,188 the total of those now recovered from the virus in the UAE.
Expatriates living in the UAE were elated as their family members, colleagues, friends stuck in other countries are now able to return as the UAE has lifted restriction on incoming flights from Monday onwards.
The Committee explained that the new guidelines take into account the exceptional situations of some categories of people including people of determination, children, and those with chronic respiratory conditions.
The UAE will today (Monday) start receiving residents with valid residence visas, who were stranded abroad due to coronavirus pandemic from various countries.