Covid-19 update: Virus detecting facial scanners approved in Abu Dhabi

This initiative is another step towards  Covid-19 spread.

Health Officials in Abu Dhabi have taken control and approved the usage of facial scanners to ensure safe travels and detect Covid-19. This agenda follows a trial of the technology in Ghantoot, Yas Island and Mussaffah, Abu Dhabi Media Office said on Sunday.

These facial scanners will soon be placed in shopping malls, some residential areas and all land and air entry points from June 28 by the The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee.

With ensured accuracy, this technology can detect Covid-19 by measuring electromagnetic waves. More than 20,000 people have been tested in one day in the pilot camp, which is now held in various locations in Emirates.

If the scanner identifies a person as being potentially infected with Covid-19, they will not be permitted to enter and must take a PCR test within 24 hours.

Jamal Al Kaabi, undersecretary at the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi, said the use of the scanners underlined the emirate’s commitment to protecting public health.

“Abu Dhabi has adopted an integrated strategy to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, based on increased testing to ensure safe entry into the emirate, vaccination and the continued implementation of precautionary measures,” he said.

Dr. Al Kaabi said the scanners would be used alongside other screening methods such as PCR testing.

The system was developed by the EDE Research Institute Abu Dhabi.


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