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'Swab and go': Pakistan's first coronavirus drive-thru testing facility opens in Karachi

The testing centre will enable suspected patients to get tested without having to wait in long hospital queues.
Updated 06 Apr, 2020 01:45pm

A drive-through coronavirus testing centre has been established by the Sindh government in Karachi — the first such facility reported to be set up in Pakistan.

Established in Jahangir Kothari Parade area of Clifton, the testing centre will enable suspected Covid-19 patients to get themselves tested without having to wait in long hospital queues.

The doctors, paramedical staff, and other personnel deployed at the facility have been provided with all the necessary protective equipment and gear to safeguard against the virus, a press release earlier said.

According to the Sindh government, people who visit the testing station will be registered and given a number, but for the test to be conducted, they should possess a travel history or certain symptoms of the virus.

Medical staff members wearing protective gear take information from a resident sitting in a car for a coronavirus test at a drive-through screening and testing facility in Karachi on Saturday. — AFP
Medical staff members wearing protective gear take information from a resident sitting in a car for a coronavirus test at a drive-through screening and testing facility in Karachi on Saturday. — AFP

Medical staff members wearing protective gear work on a desk at a drive-through screening and testing facility in Karachi on April 4. — AFP or licensors
Medical staff members wearing protective gear work on a desk at a drive-through screening and testing facility in Karachi on April 4. — AFP or licensors

A medical staff member wearing protective gear takes information from a resident sitting in a car for a coronavirus test at a drive-through testing facility point in Karachi on Saturday. — AFP
A medical staff member wearing protective gear takes information from a resident sitting in a car for a coronavirus test at a drive-through testing facility point in Karachi on Saturday. — AFP

Medical staff members gather around a desk at a drive-through screening and testing facility point in Karachi. — AFP
Medical staff members gather around a desk at a drive-through screening and testing facility point in Karachi. — AFP

A worker (L) sprays disinfectant on a car of a resident arriving for a coronavirus test at a drive-through testing facility. — AFP
A worker (L) sprays disinfectant on a car of a resident arriving for a coronavirus test at a drive-through testing facility. — AFP

Medical staff members wearing protective gear gather near a desk and a poster displaying guidelines at a drive-through screening and testing facility in Karachi. — AFP
Medical staff members wearing protective gear gather near a desk and a poster displaying guidelines at a drive-through screening and testing facility in Karachi. — AFP

A medical staff member wearing protective gear takes a coronavirus sample from a resident sitting in a car in Karachi. — AFP
A medical staff member wearing protective gear takes a coronavirus sample from a resident sitting in a car in Karachi. — AFP


Header image: Medical staff members take information from a resident sitting in a car for a coronavirus test at a drive-through testing facility in Karachi on April 4. — AFP