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Mohamed bin Zayed orders free Covid-19 tests for Emiratis

Other categories included in the free testing initiative include people of determination, pregnant women, residents over 60, people with symptoms and contacts of Covid-19 patients

Mohamed bin Zayed orders free Covid-19 tests for Emiratis

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered free Covid-19 tests for UAE citizens as the country works to contain the spread of the virus.

In a joint statement released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Health and Prevention
(MOHAP) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), Sheikh Mohamed also ordered free tests for domestic workers.

Other categories included in the initiative include people of determination, pregnant women, residents over 60, people with symptoms and contacts of coronavirus patients.

Health authorities will set dates for the tests and notify the public accordingly.

The MoHAP and NCEMA said that move is part of wider efforts to provide support for the populace – Emiratis and residents alike – during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier on Tuesday, the UAE announced 783 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the country’s total to 19,661. The UAE’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 203.

More than 1.3 million Covid-19 tests have been conducted across the country.

Globally, there have been over 4.28 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, including over 288,000 deaths. More than 1.5 million people have recovered.

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