Emirates Launches a 10-Minute Coronavirus Blood Test For Passengers Leaving Dubai

Emirates Launches a 10-Minute Coronavirus Blood Test For Passengers Leaving Dubai

Aviation giant Emirates has launched a 10-minute coronavirus blood test for passengers departing from its Dubai home base, in what is claimed as a first for the industry.

The airline resumed limited passenger flights earlier this month after the United Arab Emirates grounded all commercial aircraft.

The flights are open to foreign citizens who wish to leave the country, but no incoming passengers are allowed.

Aviation giant Emirates has launched a 10-minute coronavirus blood test for passengers departing from its Dubai home base, in what is claimed as a first for the industry.

The airline resumed limited passenger flights earlier this month after the United Arab Emirates grounded all commercial aircraft.

The flights are open to foreign citizens who wish to leave the country, but no incoming passengers are allowed.

Emirates chief operating officer, Adel al-Redha, said: ‘We are working on plans to scale-up testing capabilities in the future and extend it to other flights.

‘This will enable us to conduct on-site tests and provide immediate confirmation for Emirates passengers travelling to countries that require Covid-19 test certificates.’

Emirates, the largest carrier in the Middle East, has also said that cleaning and disinfection of planes will take place in Dubai after each flight.

The carrier added: ‘The airline’s check-in and boarding formalities have also been adapted with social distancing in mind.

‘Protective barriers have been installed at each check-in desk to provide additional safety measures to our passengers and employees during any interaction.

‘Gloves, masks and hand sanitisers have been made mandatory for all employees at the airport.

‘Passengers are also required to wear their own masks when at the airport and on board the aircraft, and follow social distancing guidelines.’

The UAE, which groups seven emirates including Dubai, has declared almost 5,000 coronavirus cases and 28 deaths.

It has imposed a sweeping crackdown, including the flight ban and closure of borders, shopping malls, entertainment centres and markets.

A two-week curfew was imposed in Dubai on April 4 following a big jump in the number of cases in the UAE, where some 10 million people live, 90 per cent of them expatriates.

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