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Covid-19 PCR test now priced at Dhs150 in the UAE

By now, many of us have had, or know someone who has had a Covid-19 test in the UAE. Whether you haven’t been feeling well, came in to contact with someone who tested positive, or just wanted to travel to Abu Dhabi or abroad, there are many reasons to get one in the current climate.

When the testing facilities first opened in the UAE, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests were priced from Dhs370 but since then the cost has been significantly reduced. The first price drop took place on September 10, taking the price down to Dhs250. Another drop was recently been announced which decreased the price of PCR tests to Dhs180. Finally, the price at government hospitals has now dropped to Dhs150.

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) on Tuesday announced that it has reduced the price of the nasal swab Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests for Covid-19 to Dh150. However, the reduced prices will only apply to government hospitals for now, DHA confirmed. Private hospitals and clinics will charge not more than Dh250 for the test, the authority added. DHA had brought down the price of Covid-19 PCR tests to Dh250 for private and public clinics and hospitals on September 13. It said the move is aimed at making the tests more accessible to the public and encouraging people to get screened as a preventive measure.

Three new Covid-19 testing centres open in Dubai

Three new Covid-19 testing centres have opened in Dubai. The centres, each with a capacity to carry out 550 tests a day, are located in Al Rashidiya Majlis, Al Hamriya Port Majlis and Jumeirah 1 Port Majlis, the Dubai Health Authority said. They will operate throughout the week, from 11am to 6pm. This takes to five the number of centres dedicated for Covid-19 testing, including those in Al Shabab Al Ahli and Al Nasr Clubs. Dr Farida Al Khaja, CEO of DHA’s Clinical Support Services and Nursing Sector, revealed that the three new centres have begun operating from today. The public can now get their PCR tests done at the centres after completing the required registration and booking an appointment through the DHA toll-free number 800342.

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