A nurse holds swabs and test tube to test people for coronavirus. For illustrative purposes. Image Credit: AP

Dubai: The UAE on Sunday announced that people of determination will now be able to get screened for coronavirus COVID-19 straight from their homes.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said the National Program for Home Screening for People of Determination was launched as part of the nation’s precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Today, we launched the National Program for Home Screening for People of Determination, citizens and residents… we continue with the UAE’s precautionary and preventive efforts to confront the spread of the coronavirus. People of determination have built their role in building and development, and God willing, we seek to provide the utmost levels of prevention and health to the UAE community in all its spectrums,” said Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed.

Currently, the UAE confirmed the total number of cases diagnosed in the country to 3, 736, with 588 recoveries and 20 deaths so far.

The home screening programme targets people of determination who are unable to easily reach the testing centers, especially those who are unable to move or who have difficulty communicating with others.

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed instructed that a schedule be drafted, and in coordination with concerned ministries, the program should be carried out within 30 days of implementation.

The UAE health sector had earlier called on all individuals suffering from high temperature or any respiratory symptoms, such as colds and coughing, to take these symptoms seriously and go for testing in the nearest centre, and to follow preventive measures including wearing masks and practising social distancing.

Residents can be screed for coronavirus at centres located in Ghayathi, Madinat Zayed, Al Bahia and Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi, Al Hili and Asharej in Al Ain, Port Rashid and Al Khawaneej in Dubai, in addition to testing centres in Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.