Coronavirus fears are rising as the global infected count surpasses 750,00. In an attempt to curb the spread of infection the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has begun screening for the virus at new drive-through testing stations.
Drive-through testing stations are open now
The new facilities opened by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Abu Dhabi facility has already delivered over 300 tests to residents. Healthcare officials hope to test up to 600 people per day, per station.
The goal of opening these drive-through facilities is to effectively and safely deliver tests to as many people as possible. Keeping patients inside their vehicles reduces the contact between them and healthcare workers.
People who are considered to be at high risk of death from Coronavirus, such as those with preexisting conditions and pregnant women will be able to receive the test for free. Anyone wishing to receive a test for peace of mind but does not fall into a high-risk category may receive the test for a fee of 375 Dirhams.
How to book a Coronavirus test
Before you can receive a test you will need to contact the Abu Dhabi Department of Health via the Estijaba service by calling 8001717. Whether or not you eligible for a free test will determine at this stage. You’ll be asked to answer a few questions during the pre-screening.
When you’ve gone through the pre-screening process you’ll be allocated an appointment.
Don’t forget to bring your Emirates ID when you go for your appointment.
The test is quick and easy, it only takes 5 minutes to complete. The nurse will take a nasopharyngeal swab.
You can expect to receive your test results in 24-48 hours. If the test result comes back positive then the UAE Department of Health will arrange isolation and treatment at an appropriate healthcare facility.