Switzerland is launching a test offensive. Free tests for everyone have been available since mid-March. The Federal Council is having the mass tests cost around a billion francs. The idea behind it: the more it is tested, the faster the coronavirus will be defeated. Bloss: Not all cantons really want to go along with the mass tests. And the self-tests, of which up to 5 pieces per month should be given out free of charge, have not yet been approved. The federal government expects that they will be available in pharmacies from April.
Austria is further there. Corona rapid tests are approved by the government there. The City of Vienna presented its “Alles gurgelt” campaign on Friday. Around 1.2 million test kits are delivered to the 1.9 million city and up to 200,000 samples are evaluated every day.
The tests are offered in around 150 drugstores and can be handed in there and in hundreds of supermarkets for evaluation. That’s how it works:
- Obtain Gurgel-Test free of charge
- Register online
- Gargle with liquid.
- Send in test
- The next day the result will be sent by email
The project should “establish a kind of protective shield for the population” until there is sufficient vaccination, said the social democratic mayor Michael Ludwig. The city would also like to establish the home tests after Easter as a ticket to shops.
Lockdown over Easter
From Maundy Thursday to at least Tuesday after Easter, there is a lockdown in Vienna and other eastern regions of Austria in order to avert overloading of the intensive care units with corona patients. The seven-day incidence in Vienna on Friday was 311, significantly higher than the Austrian average of 250.
As before, antigen tests in test lanes and pharmacies will continue to be offered free of charge. (vof / SDA)
Published: March 26th, 2021, 9:47 pm
Last updated: 03/26/2021, 10:16 PM