DUBAI: The UAE has tested more than 40,000 people for the coronavirus in the last two days, the Ministry of Health and Prevention confirmed on Sunday.
The continued increase in tests led to the detection of 331 new cases in the country, bringing the total number of people infected in the UAE to 2,990.
The number of fatalities has increased after the death of two people - both who had pre-existing health conditions - bringing the death toll to 14, the ministry added.
Meanwhile there have been more people recovering from COVID-19, the latest being 29 people making a full recovery, bring that total to 268.
The UAE continues to open drive-through testing facilities in the country.
The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, SEHA, opened 13 of the new faciltities.
“In collaboration with our strategic partners across the UAE, SEHA has equipped all drive-through centers with the most advanced testing systems, techniques and globally-accredited health care teams,” said Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer, SEHA, Rashid Al-Qubaisi.
He said that all centers were equipped with the latest in testing systems and medical devices.
“There are 630 of the most experienced and qualified medical professionals from SEHA’s network, staffing the centers,” he added.
The test at the drive-through facilities take five minutes.
There are seven drive-through testing centers have opened, so far, in Abu Dhabi, with three in Abu Dhabi City, Al Wathba and Al Bahia – they are open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., from Sunday to Thursday.
There are also two in Al Ain in the Asharj and Al Hili areas.
People can book an appointment through the SEHA hotline on 800 1717 or alternatively the SEHA smartphone app.
Both callers and users of the app be asked a series of questions to help evaluate their condition, and then given an appointment for a test.
Al-Qubaisi said priority will be given to people exhibiting symptoms of the virus, or those most vulnerable to the infection including pregnant women, the elderly, people with disabilities and those suffering from chronic illnesses.
The test costs $100.