Covid-19 testing in France: Your FAQs

Testing for Covid-19 is not systematic in France, even if you have symptoms. So who can get a test, where, and how does it work? We translate answers from senior biologist, Dr François Blanchecotte.

Currently, only polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are permitted, on prescription (as opposed to blood tests, which are currently being trialled). The majority of people with symptoms who do not require hospitalisation are no longer being systematically tested.

Read more: France trials new Covid-19 blood test as labs mobilise

French health minister Olivier Véran has stated: “We will reach 50,000 PCR tests per day by the end of April, notably thanks to the installation of several high-speed machines across France.”

But who is entitled to a test, and how does it ...

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