Coronavirus: UAE emirate of Fujairah opens up third COVID-19 free test center

A female nurse conducts a COVID-19 test on a man in Fujairah, September 3, 2020. (WAM)

The United Arab Emirates has opened a third COVID-19 test center in its eastern emirate of Fujairah, announced the official Emirates News Agency (WAM) on Wednesday.

The UAE, which is comprised of seven emirates including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Fujairah, has pursued an active testing policy in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with centers across the country frequently carrying out upward of 60,000 tests a day.

The launch of a new center in Wahla, Fujairah, on Wednesday will add to these efforts, providing free coronavirus tests to citizens and residents, according to WAM.

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Men wait to be tested for COVID-19 at a testing center in Fujairah, September 3, 2020. (WAM)

Men wait to be tested for COVID-19 at a testing center in Fujairah, September 3, 2020. (WAM)

The center was opened by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), represented by the Fujairah Medical Zone, acting on the directives of Fujairah’s ruler Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, added WAM.

It joins the existing two free coronavirus testing centers that were set up in the emirate in early August, in “Om Dibba” and the Fujairah Exhibition Center.

Fujairah had previously launched a drive-thru testing center amid the coronavirus outbreak in April.

The new coronavirus testing center in Fujairah, UAE. (WAM)

The new coronavirus testing center in Fujairah, UAE. (WAM)

The UAE has experienced a recent spike in coronavirus cases, potentially linked to the high numbers of tests being carried out.

On Friday authorities detected 612 new cases after conducting 80,935 tests over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of cases to 72,766, the health ministry reported on Friday. The majority of cases have recovered from the potentially deadly virus.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 11 November 2020 KSA 08:42 - GMT 05:42
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