Abu Dhabi to instal ‘state-of-the-art’ scanners to detect Covid-19

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  • Abu Dhabi to instal advanced scanners to detect Covid-19, starting with entry points to the emirate

  • The scanners will be instaled outside shopping malls and places frequented by the general public

If all goes well, Abu Dhabi will be instaling state-of-the-art scanners that can detect Covid-19 in a person infected with the coronavirus. The advanced technology will be piloted in Abu Dhabi.

According to reports, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee said the new “state-of-the-art” scanners will add to existing Covid safety precautionary measures, with no changes to any existing protocols.

During the pilot phase, the scanners will be used at entry points to the emirate; the entrance to select public locations on Yas Island; and at designated points to enter or exit Musaffah area.

If the scanner identifies a person as not infected, they are permitted to enter. If the scanner turns red and identifies a person as potentially infected, they must conduct a PCR test within 24 hours. All PCR tests related to red results are free.

The technology screens for potential Covid-19 infection and provides immediate results. It is operated at a distance and is effective for mass screening, such as at the entry to public locations.

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