The Dubai Health Authority reduced the cost of the coronavirus Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests to 250 dirhams from a previous 370 dirhams, the authority announced on Sunday.
“The DHA reduced the cost of COVID-19 testing to make it more accessible to the public and encourage proactive medical examinations as a precautionary and preventive measure,” the authority said in a statement.
It added that it “it will spare no effort to combat COVID-19 to ensure the safety of society and the health of its members.”
To encourage pre-emptive medical examinations as a precautionary and preventive measure, we reduced the cost of #COVID19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests to AED250 in #Dubai pic.twitter.com/b63dCthfPB— هيئة الصحة بدبي (@DHA_Dubai) September 13, 2020
The move comes after a recent spike in the number of new coronavirus cases in the UAE. The country reported its highest daily number of infections on Saturday, when it detected 1,007 new cases.
اليوم نسجل اعلى حصيلة اصابات يومية. المسؤولية على عاتق الجميع، لنشد الحزام معاً ونتخطى هذه المرحلة #نلتزم_لننتصر— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) September 12, 2020
Today we have recorded the highest daily number of new cases. It is everyone's responsibility to work together and overcome this stage #CommitToWin pic.twitter.com/ph61f7FwLR
The government had urged the public to take precautionary measures seriously, announcing that 88 percent of all coronavirus cases reported in the past two weeks had resulted from individuals failing to adhere to preventative measures such as social distancing and wearing masks.
One example was an individual who experienced coronavirus symptoms, but did not get a medical examination, and did not adhere to precautionary measures leading to the infection spreading to 45 people near him from three families, and the death of an elderly woman from his own family.
Lack of practicing precautionary and safety protocols by an individual have led to the infection of his wife, widening the spread to 3 families, resulting in 45 positive cases and an unfortunate death.#CommitToWin— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) September 8, 2020
The UAE’s coronavirus tally stands at 79,489 confirmed cases, 69,451 recovered patients and 399 deaths as of Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health.
آخر الإحصائيات حول إصابات فيروس كوفيد 19 في الإمارات— وزارة الصحة ووقاية المجتمع الإماراتية - MOHAP UAE (@mohapuae) September 13, 2020
The latest update of Coronavirus (Covid 19) in the UAE#نلتزم_لننتصر #التزامك_حياتك#ملتزمون_يا_وطن#كوفيد19#وزارة_الصحة_ووقاية_المجتمع_الإمارات#we_commit_until_we_succeed #covid19#mohap_uae pic.twitter.com/5eNeE861Hs