Covid-19: Entry testing norms back as Abu Dhabi ramps up safety measures – News

Starting December 30, vaccinated people have to point out a inexperienced go on Al Hosn app

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Published: Tue 28 Dec 2021, 7:11 PM

Abu Dhabi has reintroduced Covid-19 testing necessities to enter the emirate as the variety of new infections throughout the nation hit a six-month excessive on Tuesday.

From Thursday, December 30, vaccinated people want to point out a inexperienced go on Al Hosn app – the official Covid-19 testing platform and unvaccinated ones require a adverse PCR take a look at end result acquired inside 96 hours to enter the emirate.

A vaccinated individual should guarantee a adverse take a look at end result each 14 days to take care of the inexperienced standing. These entry restrictions are along with the EDE facial scans finished on the border to quickly detect optimistic instances.

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee underlined that the foundations are in step with efforts to proceed enhancing precautionary measures to guard public well being.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention on December 28, registered 1,846 optimistic instances – highest since 2,184 instances had been reported on June 29.

In the previous months, the variety of new instances had fallen considerably in step with the outstanding progress made within the nationwide vaccination marketing campaign. And from September 19, Abu Dhabi dropped the testing requirement to enter the emirate however continued with the inexperienced go system at most public locations.

Meanwhile, the caseloads continued to slip. And on October 17, the quantity dipped under 100 for the primary time in 19 months, and since October 23 remained in double digits. Additionally, by November 26, 100 per cent eligible inhabitants had acquired at the very least a single Covid-19 vaccine dose.

With such promising information, the UAE appeared to be marching on the highway to restoration heading into 2022.

But firstly of this month, the primary case of the Omicron variant was detected. And on December 14, the brand new instances hit the three-determine mark and went past 1,000.

Soon, Abu Dhabi introduced back Covid-19 screening norms to enter the emirate along with the brand new guidelines carried out to host social occasions.

Dr Faisal Hamza Dalvi, specialist, inside drugs, VPS Healthcare, praised the native authorities for the well timed announcement of further measures.


“This is an efficient and time-examined technique to stop the unfold of the virus. Ahead of the festive celebrations, the native authorities are adopting the correct measures to curb the virus unfold.”

Meanwhile, residents welcomed the steps initiated for secure entry and contract tracing.

Egyptian expat Moustafa Alrawi stated that every one neighborhood members should act responsibly to avert a disaster state of affairs. “These restrictions are reassuring forward of the New Year Eve celebrations. Also, we want a 48-hour PCR take a look at to attend any occasions in Abu Dhabi.”

Long-time Indian resident Ramesh Selvanambi famous that the authorities have all the time taken proactive steps. “The Abu Dhabi Government has put its finest foot ahead whereas responding to the brand new spike seen within the instances. We all have to be alert and comply with the rules issued by the well being regulator and take heed to what specialists say.”

Dr Dalvi confused on Covid-19 vaccination, screening and taking booster doses on time.

“Vaccination, common PCR and following all of the safety measures like carrying a masks, sustaining social distance and taking the booster shot, if relevant, are the perfect methods to sort out the brand new variants like Omicron. Such sturdy measures are yet one more push from the federal government, to take the jab and for these individuals who have accomplished six months after their vaccination to take the booster shot,” he added.

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