Germany will generalize the free tests of covid-19 and make “home tests” available for one euro, Health Minister Jens Spahn announced today, according to AFP news.
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“As of March 1, all citizens will be able to be tested free of charge by personnel trained in rapid antigen tests. There are a sufficient number of tests available on the market,” announced the minister on the social network Twitter.
“Municipalities can ask their health centers or pharmacies to offer these tests,” wrote the minister.
According to AFP, the cost of the tests will be borne by the federal government.
Home tests will, Spahn wrote, “also become available to everyone after approval” by the Federal Institute of Medicines and Medical Devices.
“These tests can contribute to the safety of everyday life, especially in schools and day care centers,” he said, adding that his ministry was “negotiating with several manufacturers”.
According to several German media outlets, AFP points out, “a contribution campaign with one euro is being considered in exchange for a test”.
However, antigenic tests are not considered as reliable as PCR tests.
In Germany, the Robert Koch Institute for Epidemiological Surveillance therefore advocates the validation of a positive antigenic test through a PCR test.
Germany has recorded 3,856 new coronavirus infections and 528 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,408,243 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 109 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
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