Synlab, the entity responsible for the testing center at Lisbon airport, assured Lusa this Saturday that it will test all passengers, with and without appointment, and added that this Saturday, 1,800 people had already been tested, a new maximum.
“We intend to test today all passengers, with and without appointment, who are waiting at Lisbon airport, so that no one is prevented from traveling”, said an official company source in response, in writing, to questions posed by Lusa, after the transmission of TV footage showing huge lines of people waiting to test out for Covid-19 at Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport.
According to the same source, the “testing center at Lisbon Airport has served 1,800 people today and so far, the most since it opened, and today it should have been closed, but it remained open at 23:00.
“Today we have served more than 1,800 people so far, the maximum reached and higher than the 1,600 on December 25,” said the source at Synlab.
“It has been a very difficult day at the Airport Testing Center, given the huge influx of people,” he added.
The queues are due, according to Synlab, to the fact that the airport’s testing center is the only place open on the first day of the year to carry out Covid-19 tests.
“This is, as you know, the only place open today for Covid testing in Lisbon and although the service is open exclusively to passengers, there is also an increased need for testing for passengers on numerous return flights after the Christmas and New Year holidays”, concludes the source.
Contacted several times an official ANA source, it was not possible to obtain a response from this entity so far.
Covid-19 has caused 5,428,240 deaths worldwide since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report by Agence France-Presse.
In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,976 people have died and 1,412,936 cases of infection have been recorded, according to data from the General Directorate of Health.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in several countries.
A new variant, Ómicron, considered worrisome and highly contagious by the World Health Organization (WHO), has been detected in southern Africa, but since the South African health authorities raised the alert on 24 November, infections in hairs have been reported. less than 110 countries, being dominant in Portugal.
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