Tourist areas in France open Covid test sites as cases rise
Popular tourist areas across France have put in place more testing centres for Covid-19 - to encourage holidaymakers to be tested as easily as possible - as the number of cases rises again.
New testing centres - offering rapid PCR nasal swab tests - have popped up in train stations, picnic areas and even beaches across the country, in addition to the extra testing services opened in airports in recent days.
This includes the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine - and particularly the department of Gironde, where cases have risen. Local health body l’Agence Régionale de Santé (ARS) has said that it is aiming to “go where the public is”, such as the beach of La Teste-de-Buch, near the Bassin d’Arcachon and the famous Dune du Pilat.
At the Arcachon train station, a temporary testing tent is now doing up to 100 tests per day. The success of the new centre has even required a larger fridge to be delivered, in which to store the tests until they are taken to the Bordeaux CHU hospital for analysis.
There are also temporary testing centres set up along the Canal d’Ourcq in Paris, and other spaces that are likely to see a lot of tourists and crowds due to good summer weather.
Visite du centre de dépistage #COVIDー19 boulevard de la plage à #Lacanau avec @ARS_NAquit— Préfète de la Nouvelle-Aquitaine et de la Gironde (@PrefAquitaine33) July 23, 2020
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➡️ 63 centres de dépistage en #NouvelleAquitaine
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To get a test at one of these centres, you need to show your [insurance card] Carte Vitale and a valid proof of ID. Results will be sent to you by test 24-48 hours later, with an internet link taking you to your result.
The tests are free and do not require a prescription.
This is in line with a new decree from health minister Olivier Veran, who this weekend confirmed that PCR tests would be available and reimbursed, for anyone who wants one, without a prescription, even if they do not have symptoms.
Airports in France have also stepped up their testing capacity after reports that many arrivals were not being tested, and as a result of many countries now requiring a negative PCR test to enter.
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