February 17, 2022

Zanzibar Receives Swab-Free COVID-19 Scanners

Zanzibar’s government has received special pieces of technology to aid in its fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Ever since COVID-19 broke out in early 2020, the economy of Zanzibar – one of Africa’s most popular tourist hubs, and located across from mainland Tanzania – was negatively hit due to strict travel regulations.

Now, thanks to their enduring relationship with the government of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the island nation received hope in the form of EDE COVID-19 scanners on Wednesday, 16 February.

“The pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on individuals, communities, and industries,” said President Hussein Mwinyi at the scanners’ launch at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

“For this reason, we are pleased to collaborate with Sanimed, a subsidiary of IHC Group, to launch these innovative EDE scanners in Zanzibar, to introduce greater efficiency for travellers coming through Zanzibar as a port of entry.”

The scanners measure an individual’s electromagnetic waves to determine if they are infected with the virus, and immediately provide negative or positive results. The first batch of incoming travellers said they found the devices to be a “very fast and efficient” alternative to undergoing nose or mouth swabs.

No doubt Zanzibar’s citizens and tourists alike will have peace of mind knowing that these scanners will effectively aid in the fight against COVID-19.

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