The UAE has announced a home-testing service to help screen people of determination for COVID-19, in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces announced his support of the programme, which has been established to ensure that all residents of the UAE are able to receive the medical support they require during this time.
As the UAE continues to work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I applaud todays launch of the National Home Testing Program for People of Determination. It is essential that the UAE continues to ensure all segments of the community have adequate access to testing facilities.— ÃÂ ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂ¯ ÃÂ¨ÃÂ ÃÂ²ÃÂ§ÃÂÃÂ¯ (@MohamedBinZayed) April 12, 2020
The announcement follows the news that a number of brand-new drive-through coronavirus testing centres across the country.
Seven centres have so far opened in Abu Dhabi, in Abu Dhabi City, Al Wathba and Al Bahia, as well as Al Ain, open daily from 8am until 8pm Sunday to Thursday and capable of conducting up to 600 tests each day. Two remaining centres due to open in Abu Dhabi are located in Ghatathi and Al Dhafra, which will be open from 8am until noon, and from 4pm until 8pm every day except Friday.
In Dubai, SEHA has opened centres in Port Rashid and Al Khawaneej, while there is one centre open in each of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. Each centre is open from 10am until 6pm from Sunday to Thursday, with up to 500 tests a day being possible.
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