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UAE Residents Can Now Get Tested for Covid-19 in Five Minutes

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi. Photo: Shutterstock

In the fight against the Covid-19 disease, the UAE government has taken countless measures to protect its citizens and residents. The latest one being the opening of a mobile Covid-19 Test Center in the country’s capital of Abu Dhabi.

Solely dedicated to testing people for the coronavirus, the country’s first drive-through test center is set up by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and is located in Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City. From 8am to 8pm daily, the center’s qualified medical staff can serve up to 600 people who can get tested in about five minutes while remaining inside their vehicles.

Those looking to get tested will first need to contact Estijaba on 8001717 to book an appointment for a pre-assessment screening. Upon answering the questions related to the patient’s condition, the pre-test will determine whether you should get tested at the mobile facility or not. At this stage, people who are considered to have contracted the virus, and the most vulnerable, such as the elderly, pregnant women or people with chronic diseases will be prioritized for the test and have it done free of cost. For those who are a part of the wider community and are getting tested for their reassurance, the procedure will cost AED 370.

Individuals qualified to get tested at the drive-through center can do so at one of the center’s four lanes after registering their Emirates ID and will receive the results via SMS and the SEHA app.

On Saturday, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces visited the mobile test facility. “Today, I visited the mobile COVID-19 Test Center set up by SEHA as part of measures to contain the virus,” said a tweet from Sheikh Mohammed’s Twitter account. “Medical teams out in the field are the first line of protection of the UAE, their sacrifices safeguard our health.” Photos accompanying the tweet showed Sheikh Mohammad giving a nasal swab sample as the first stage of screening.

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