A veritable run on Corona tests has brought the lockdown, which has been relaxed since Monday, along with the start of school in eastern Austria: over one million, exactly 1,096,621 Corona tests were reported by the provinces to the crisis team in the past five days. In total, just under eleven million tests have been carried out in Austria since the start of the Corona pandemic, the Federal Chancellery said. The trend continues to rise sharply.
Monday was peak test day
The enormous influx was caused by the prerequisite of a negative Corona test, which is necessary since Monday, for example, when visiting the reopened hairdressers. The demand ensured that the drive-in at the Austria Center in Vienna was already fully booked on Saturday up to and including Monday. Monday was also the peak day for testing throughout Austria: 310,611 antigen and PCR tests were reported to the SKKM crisis team (State Crisis and Disaster Management) at the Ministry of the Interior the following day. Last Friday, the figure was far lower, at 87,206.
In any case, the testing capacities are being further expanded; currently, around 490 permanent testing stations and almost 700 pharmacies are involved, and soon more than 1,000 permanent free testing facilities will be available throughout Austria. If on the first school day approximately 260,000 pupil self tests were accomplished, then starting from next week in approximately 2,2 million weekly tests in schools are to be completed. As of next Monday, company tests will also be subsidized by the federal government to the tune of ten euros each; 493 companies with 254,108 employees have already registered for this program.
- source: kurier.at/
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