The main thing is to expand the range of tests for the population in the most uncomplicated way possible, says Tyrolean Governor Günther Platter (ÖVP). “Everyone who would like to have their Corona status checked before or during the Christmas holidays should be able to do so easily and free of charge throughout Tyrol from the coming weekend,” added Deputy Governor Ingrid Felipe (Die Grünen).
According to Platter, it is up to the population to prevent the numbers from skyrocketing again over the holidays. From December 19, everyone aged six and over in Tyrol should have the opportunity to be tested for free.
Test in screening street by appointment
The free antigen test is carried out in the existing screening streets in all Tyrolean districts. According to the state, there should be at least one screening street in each district, and several in Innsbruck. From December 16, interested parties can pre-register online or by phone. The corresponding telephone number will be announced by the state on Wednesday.
“The screening streets themselves will open on Saturday, December 19, 2020, and will also be available over the Christmas holidays. We hope to have opened up a permanent and uncomplicated way of testing, “said ÖVP Health Councilor Bernhard Tilg. The tests are evaluated directly in the screening streets. Tested persons are informed of the test result by SMS.
Country appeals to take further precautionary measures
In addition, Platter reminded again on Saturday that a negative test result is only a snapshot. Measures such as keeping your distance and wearing a mask as well as regular hand washing must continue to be observed. Felipe also appealed to adhere to the applicable measures during the Christmas holidays and around the turn of the year.
“Because one thing is certain, the spread can only be effectively contained by being extremely careful when meeting family and friends. And everyone can do their part – even if it is particularly difficult around Christmas “, says Felipe.
SPÖ demands disclosure of the costs
The SPÖ welcomes and supports the initiative, as state party chairman Georg Dornauer announced in a broadcast on Saturday. “However, Platter and Tilg should disclose as soon as possible how the test kits were obtained and how much tax money the entire campaign will cost,” says Dornauer. According to him, the people in Tyrol have “finally had enough” of excessive spending.