Karachi drive-through
Medical staff members wearing protective gear take information from a resident sitting in a car for a coronavirus test at a drive-through screening and testing facility in Karachi. Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: Pakistan has opened its first drive through coronavirus testing facility in Karachi to cope with the increasing demand for COVID-19 tests.

The drive through lab can also be taken to any part of the city to cope with the demand of increasing number of testing.

Pakistan is setting up new laboratories and also increasing the capacity of existing labs to speed up the testing for coronavirus patients as the number of coronavirus cases in the country rose to 3278 on Monday morning with 48 deaths.

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The drive-through testing facility has been set up by the Sindh local government and health departments. Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said that it was part of the provincial government’s war against the coronavirus.

The drive-through testing facility has been established in Jahangir Kothari Parade area of Clifton. The doctors, paramedical staff, and other personnel deployed at the new testing facility in Karachi have been provided with all the necessary safety, protective equipment and gear to safeguard the virus, the press release added.

Citizens can call to book appointments between 9am and 5pm and the facility will collect the samples from 12pm to 3pm.

Shah also tweeted to explain the process for qualifying for testing at the drive-through centre.

Citizens should call the office for District Commissioner South at 02199203012 between 9am and 5pm.

The helpline will provide a time and code for the test.