UAE ranks second in the world for COVID-19 testing

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The UAE ranks second in the world for the number of Covid-19 tests carried out, according to latest figures released by the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

Unprecedented levels of health testing are underway in the UAE, and while that will inevitably confirm more cases of Covid-19, it will also enable health authorities to contain the virus.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced it had completed more than 220,000 laboratory tests for coronavirus.

The latest analysis of global figures had already has placed the country sixth on an international league table of population testing, seen as the gold-standard in limiting contagion.

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As of March 20, only China, South Korea, Italy, Germany and Russia had tested more than the UAE’s figure of 125,000 completed nasal swabs.

Just nine days later and the number of swabs tests in the community had spiked by 76 per cent, or an extra 95,000 people, to show how testing capacity across the country has been ramped up.

 It makes the UAE’s testing coverage at more than 22,900 samples per million people; the second-highest test density in the world.

Unprecedented levels of health testing are underway in the UAE, and while that will inevitably confirm more cases of Covid-19, it will also enable health authorities to contain the virus.

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Testing is set to continue at an even greater pace as more Department of Health drive-through centres open across the emirates.

The first cars were accepted at the Abu Dhabi hub on Saturday.

Further sites in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Al Ain and Al Dhafra will offer quick tests with the latest medical technology in days.

Each site will have the capacity to test around 600 people a day.

 

 

 

 

 

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