The UAE continues to open drive-through testing centers at breakneck speed, granting residents the opportunity to get tested for the propagating coronavirus, while remaining in their safety of their cars. In only ten days, 13 centers have opened across the seven emirates.
Each COVID-19 test take a mere five minutes to complete, as the facilities are staffed by a total of 630 qualified medical, technical and administrative workers, all of which have been specially trained for this new procedure.
The procedure involves a temperature check and nasal swab, with results sent directly to the subjects home within 48 hours of the examination.
A booking must be made online, to ensure that the process runs smoothly. Although until now, there has not been overcrowding, priority is given to anyone displaying symptoms the respiratory illness, along with those more vulnerable to contracting the virus, due to disabilities or underlying health conditions.
The spokeswoman for the UAE health sector, Dr Farida Al Hosani, underlined the drive-through centers’ ability to safely and quickly test for the virus. People will maintain an ideal social distance from other members of society and, under regulations to protect the public from the spread of the virus, no more than three people are to be in a vehicle at a time.
Today, I visited the mobile COVID-19 Test Center set up by SEHA as part of measures to contain the virus. Medical teams out in the field are the first line of protection of the UAE, their sacrifices safeguard our health. pic.twitter.com/nrO0iCFr8t
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) March 28, 2020
The Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed himself inaugurated the first center in Dubai’s Zayed Sports City, on March 28th, where he himself got tested, before ordering a flury more centers to be opened across the seven emirates.