COVID-19: Dubai Cuts Cost Of RT-PCR Test In Government Clinics

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Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has reduced the cost of the reverse transcript-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test used in the detection of coronavirus. 

The price has been slashed down to AED 150 at all government-run hospitals in Dubai. Private clinics and hospitals will continue to offer the same test at the original cost of AED 250. 

Authorities have decided to reduce costs for testing in order to ease the financial burden on those who need to get screened regularly for work or for travelling. 

The decision also aims to encourage widespread testing across the emirate which has helped to identify and tackle the virus on a large scale. 

RT-PCR tests were initially being offered at AED 370 in all public and private hospitals a month ago, but have now been reduced. Authorities have said that private hospitals in Dubai are not allowed to charge more than AED 250 per test. 

More than 76,888 COVID-19 tests have been conduced among UAE citizens and residents over the past few days, according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP). 

The UAE confirmed 626 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the overall tally to 92,095 in the country. 

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