Sunday 26 September 2021

Seven fast Covid testing centres set to open in November: RTL Nieuws


The Netherlands will have seven drop-in centres where people can have a fast coronavirus test in the coming weeks, sources have told broadcaster RTL Nieuws.

The army is being involved in setting up the drive-in centres and will also train people to administer the tests, the broadcaster said.

The plan has not yet been confirmed by the health ministry and no-one has yet said where the centres will be located, or which of the fast tests currently on trial in the Netherlands will be used.

Nor is it clear who will be eligible for the quicker tests, which should reduce the need for long periods of self-isolation.

Earlier, health minister Hugo de Jonge suggested the fast tests could be used for  people who work in education or healthcare, and other key workers. The fast tests may also be used for people who are shown to have been at risk as a result of the corona app, De Jonge said.

More clarity is expected early next week, RTL said.

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