Wed, 23 Sep 2020

JERUSALEM, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Israel will soon set up a COVID-19 testing laboratory at Ben Gurion International Airport near the coastal city of Tel Aviv, the state's Ministry of Transport said on Thursday.

The ministry said in a statement that Israel Airports Authority (IAA) has issued a tender for establishing the lab, following a decision taken by Transport Minister Miri Regev in coordination with the Ministry of Health.

The winner of the tender will set up the coronavirus testing lab at the airport within 45 days after signing the contract, the statement said.

The lab's operator will be obliged to conduct at least 800 tests per hour, with the results being given to the passengers within 14 hours via a new application.

Thus, the passengers traveling abroad will have to take the test at the airport about 72 hours before the flight.

The samples will be taken from the passengers near the airport's main terminal, in a designated drive-in area.

The tender winner will have to bring the medical equipment and staff from abroad, so as not to reduce the health staff in the existing coronavirus testing labs in Israel.

The lab will also be used to conduct tests for the passengers arriving in Israel.

The tender will also include an option of setting up more labs at the Ramon Airport, as well as Israel's land border crossings.

Israel recently announced that it is preparing to resume international flights on Aug. 16.

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