The Dubai Health Authority announced the launch of COVID-19 PCR testing stations at malls across the emirate including Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Deira, according to the Dubai Media Office.
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“The PCR testing stations… are receiving customers seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on appointment basis,” the government office’s statement read.
The new service was launched for residents who require a test prior to traveling or other non-medical reasons, but it is not for those who have a fever or respiratory symptoms. Residents can call the DHA at 800DHA (800342) to book an appointment.
The test costs 150 aed ($40) and results are delivered within 24 hours, according to the statement. Each station reportedly has the capacity to conduct 180 tests pers day.
“Launching COVID-19 PCR testing station across malls in Dubai is in line with the DHA’s pre-emptive and precautionary measures to combat the disease and is in line with the DHA’s keenness to ensure that Dubai residents can have easy access to COVID-19 PCR testing,” the Dubai Media Office said in the statement.
Health authorities across the United Arab Emirates have significantly expanded the country’s testing capacity, processing over 100,000 COVID-19 tests per day.
Earlier this month, the government announced that over 10 million coronavirus test had been conducted, becoming the first country in the world where the number of COVID-19 tests performed exceed the total population.
The UAE has confirmed 107,293 coronavirus cases as of October 12 with an 89 percent recovery rate and a death toll of 446, according to the health ministry.