Today, Sunday, the Austria-wide mass testing initiated by the federal government ends in Vienna. Although the three test sites are still open until 6 p.m., it is already clear that only slightly more than ten percent of the population in the federal capital had themselves tested for the virus free of charge. Capacity was designed for a participation rate of up to 60 percent, or 1.2 million people.
Including Saturday, according to the office of Health Councillor Peter Hacker (SPÖ), exactly 204,880 people had a rapid antigen test carried out at the Stadthalle, Marxhalle and Messe Wien test centers. This corresponds to about one tenth of Vienna’s nearly two million inhabitants. As of Saturday evening, around 15,000 people were registered for testing on today’s last test day.
The actual number of Corona checks on Sunday could be somewhat higher, because it is still possible to book a time slot on the same day or to drop by at Messe Wien without registering in advance. Nevertheless, after the ten-day test offensive, the bottom line will not be much more than 220,000 participants – which corresponds to a rate of around eleven percent.
The mass tests in Vienna started on December 4. With around 300 test lines, the city provided an infrastructure of up to 150,000 rapid tests per day. In fact, according to currently available figures, only just under 23,000 people came on average per day.
- hp, with reports from derstandard.at. picture: orf.at
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