Covid 19: UAE Launches HOME Testing Services For People Of Determination

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Covid 19: UAE Launches HOME Testing Services For People Of Determination

After drive-through, and door-to-door test centres, the UAE has now rolled out home testing so all residents have access. The National Home Testing Program was introduced for People of Determination under the guidance of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan- Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

“As the UAE continues to work to prevent the spread of Covid-19, I applaud today’s launch of the National Home Testing Program for People of Determination. It is essential that the UAE continues to ensure all segments of the community have adequate access to testing facilities,” Sheikh Mohamed said in a tweet.

The UAE has so far conducted nearly 650,000 Covid-19 tests, it was announced on Saturday at a Ministry of Health and Prevention virtual conference.

The initiative has been received well and residents are full of praise:

What Else?

Starting this week, Dubai Police will publicize those who fail to follow the stay home stay safe campaign. Pictures of violators will be posted on the internet, naming and shaming them on mass media channels. Pretty embarrassing, right? Colonel Saeed Al Hajeri, director of the CID’s Cyber Crime Department at Dubai Police, said the name and picture of the individual along with the violation will be shared on social media.

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Recently, the Dubai Police arrested an Asian man for taunting police officers on duty in an edited clip online. The man has been referred to competent authorities for further legal action against him.Colonel Hajeri said: “The government has invested huge amounts on the emirate’s healthcare infrastructure, and these reckless people are not just not following orders, but are setting examples for others to follow in their steps.”

In line with this incident, Dubai Police is tightening rules for all residents and those found violating will be shamed on social media. Although the Police have been closely monitoring violators, pictures were never displayed publicly. However, in order to bring in more discipline, the new rule has been put in place. The The Cyber Crime chief warned that putting up images of violators on social media without blurring them out, will have severe implications on their lives.

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