More than 400,000 tests were carried out on Thursday, a new daily high since the beginning of the pandemic, which raises to 26.5 million the tests carried out by Covid-19 in Portugal, announced this Saturday, the testing task force.
“Portugal reached, last Thursday, a new maximum of daily testing with 402,756 tests performed (9.2% positivity rate), of which 307,698 (76%) were rapid antigen tests (TRAg) for professional use” , said in a statement.
According to the National Medicines Authority (Infarmed), a total of 1,166 pharmacies and 681 clinical laboratories are carrying out free tests to the population, under the exceptional and transitory reimbursement scheme.
According to the task force responsible for the testing strategy, since the beginning of 2020, around 26.5 million Covid-19 diagnostic tests have been carried out, numbers that do not include self-tests.
As of December 1st, more than five million tests have been performed, including approximately 3.6 million TRAg, a figure that is related to the Government’s determined need to report a negative result for SARS-CoV-2 virus in the access to various services or locations and with the increase of testing points in the country.
TRAgs in laboratories and pharmacies that adhered to the exceptional reimbursement scheme were once again free of charge since November 19, due to the increase in cases of infection registered in the country.
On December 21, and taking into account the festive season, the Government decided to increase the number of tests that each person could take monthly from four to six, but the contribution is, from now on, limited to four tests per user .
Covid-19 has caused 5,428,240 deaths worldwide since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report by Agence France-Presse.
In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,955 people have died and 1,389,646 cases of infection have been recorded, according to data from the General Directorate of Health.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in several countries.
A new variant, Ómicron, considered worrisome and highly contagious by the World Health Organization (WHO), has been detected in southern Africa, but since the South African health authorities raised the alert on 24 November, infections in hairs have been reported. less than 110 countries, being dominant in Portugal.
News updated at 1:47 pm
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