Dubai, UAE – Emirates has launched a 10-minute coronavirus blood test for passengers departing from its home base in Dubai, Africa Tembelea has learnt.
In a statement shared on twitter, the airline said all passengers on today’s flight to Tunisia were tested for COVID-19 (respiratory disease) before departing from Dubai.
According to Adel Al Redha, Emirates Chief Operating Officer, “the testing process has gone smoothly and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Dubai Health Authority for their initiatives and innovative solutions. This would have not been possible without the support of Dubai Airport and other government authorities.”
“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,” he added.
On his part, HE Humaid Al Qutami, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), said: “To tackle COVID-19, we have been proactively working with various governmental organisations and the private health sector and we have implemented all necessary measures from public health protection to provision of high-quality health services in line with the latest international guidelines.”
Africa Tembelea understands that the airline’s check-in and boarding formalities have been adapted with social distancing in mind. Protective barriers have also been installed at each check-in desk to provide additional safety measures to passengers and employees during any interaction.
According to Al Redha, magazines or any other print reading material will not be available, and while food and beverages will continue to be offered on board, packaging and presentation will be modified to reduce contact during meal service and minimize risk of interaction.
Emirates 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.
With almost 5,000 coronavirus cases and 28 deaths, 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 percent of them expatriates.