Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi conducts more than 200,000 home Covid-19 tests

Programme launched in June to offer elderly and vulnerable members of society an alternative to going to testing centres

More than 200,000 coronavirus tests have been carried out across Abu Dhabi under a home screening programme that began last month.

The tests were conducted in 15 residential neighbourhoods.

The programme launched in June to offer elderly and vulnerable members of society an alternative to going to testing centres. Under the programme, medics visit an individual's home to conduct the test and the results are sent through text message and on the Al Hosn app.

The programme is also part of the emirate's wider National Screening Programme, which seeks to test as many people as possible. The mass-testing scheme aims to identify, isolate and treat patients as quickly as possible to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Tests will continue to be carried out across the emirate by the Department of Health and Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha).

The UAE has conducted more than 4.9 million tests since the outbreak.

Published: July 27, 2020 08:54 PM

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