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Abu Dhabi justifies introducing invasive facial scanning by saying it “detects COVID-19”

The tech will be used in residential areas and shopping malls.

Abu Dhabi has begun using facial recognition to “detect COVID-19” at shopping malls and airports. Supposedly, the new technology’s trial on 20,000 people registered “a high degree of effectiveness.”

As reported by state-run media house WAM and the country’s media office, the technology allegedly detects the virus through electromagnetic waves, which ideally change due to the presence of the RNA particles in the body of an infected person.

The report added that the technology has a 93.5% accuracy in identifying infected individuals and was used to justify the rollout of the invasive technology.

The facial-scan technology was created by the EDE Research Institute Abu Dhabi, which is part of International Holding.
“The EDE scanning system will be used at shopping malls, as part of testing in some residential areas, and land and air entry points, as part of efforts to enhance precautionary measures and curb the spread of Covid-19 by establishing safe zone,” read a Sunday tweet by the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office.

Abu Dhabi is in the United Arab Emirates, a country that has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.

However, despite the proliferation in distributing the vaccines, the country has consistently reported about 2,000 “new daily cases” since March and it is being used to push for more invasive technology to combat the virus.

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