New COVID-19 screening technique will help people enter Abu Dhabi

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Motorists heading to the emirate of Abu Dhabi can now be screened for COVID-19 at the border by a new laser-based technique.

It can detect virus-causing inflammation in blood samples within seconds.

A negative result will allow them entry to Abu Dhabi, while those testing positive will have to undergo a nose swab PCR test at the same location.

They must also return to their residence and avoid contact with others until their results are available.

The Abu Dhabi Media Office has clarified that travellers carrying a negative COVID-19 test result will continue to be allowed to enter the emirate within 48 hours from receiving the report.

It’s also called on the public to plan ahead and undergo tests in advance as much as possible to avoid any potential delays.

The new testing device has been developed by Abu Dhabi-based QuantLase Imaging Lab to mass screen potential COVID-19 cases.

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