The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) will open a drive-through Covid-19 testing centre in Lusail Thursday at 4pm to significantly expand capacity and enhance accessibility for swabbing, official Qatar News Agency reported.
The new 10 lane drive-through centre will provide only PCR tests with capacity to swab up to 5,000 people a day. Rapid Antigen Tests will continue to be provided at the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) health centres.
The new drive-through testing centre will be open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm and continue to operate as a PCR test centre as demand for Covid-19 testing remains exceptionally high due to the Omicron wave, the MoPH said Wednesday.
Also, the MoPH has announced with immediate effect a set of updates to its Covid-19 testing protocol to enhance access and ensure tests are processed in the most efficient and effective manner.
The updates come following a significant increase in demand for Covid-19 tests due to the third wave of the pandemic, driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, and the large number of travellers returning to Qatar in the past ten days seeking post-travel tests.
MoPH has also approved the use of Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) at authorised public and private centres for the following groups: For people under 50 who display Covid-19 symptoms, for people under 50 who are close contacts of confirmed Covid-19 cases, and for travellers returning to Qatar who require post-travel Covid-19 tests.