COVID-19: Abu Dhabi reduces price of PCR tests to Dh40

COVID-19: Abu Dhabi reduces price of PCR tests to Dh40

Abu Dhabi authorities have reduced the cost of COVID-19 PCR testing to Dh40 in the emirate. Taking to Instagram, the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi said that the decision will be effective from March 1.

Since the onset of the pandemic in the country, authorities have been consistently lowering the price of PCR tests to accommodate the maximum population.

In September 2020, the price of PCR tests was reduced to Dh250 from the initial standard cost of Dh370. In late 2020, the cost was further lowered from Dh180 to Dh65.

However, it remained Dh50 for a long period until the recent reduction to Dh40 per test.

Abu Dhabi authorities have been ensuring regular COVID-19 screening in workplaces and other place spaces to ensure limited transmission of the virus.

The Al Hosn green pass system has also required people to ensure regular PCR testing to maintain the green status in order to enter several public places in the emirate.

Earlier in December, Abu Dhabi authorities had reduced the validity of the green pass from 30 days to 14, requiring people to conduct COVID-19 test every two weeks amid Omicron fear.

With the UAE government easing several Covid-related restrictions, authorities are also following required protocols to promote recovery from the pandemic.

As per the latest protocols, quarantine for close contacts has been removed and it has been replaced with daily PCR testing for five days. Furthermore, face masks have been made optional in outdoor spaces.

Meanwhile, the 14-day green pass validity remains unchanged in Abu Dhabi.

SOURCE: The National News


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