queues “all summer” to get tested

Written by Steven mark

Since the beginning of July, the laboratories have been taken over by vacationers.

A drive-in site in Brest.
A drive-in site in Brest. FRED TANNEAU / AFP

There are about fifteen of them waiting one behind the other, masked and resigned, in front of the medical analysis laboratory on rue Lafayette, in the heart of 9e Parisian district. It is almost ten o’clock and “This is the first time the line has been so short since yesterday!”says Sevket, a local resident who is taking advantage of the lull to take his place in the queue. At 65, he considers himself “at risk“. Although he has no symptoms, he wanted to be tested “As a precaution and to protect others”, since all nasopharyngeal virological tests are now reimbursed, even without a prescription, since the decree signed last weekend by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran. These queues are“Well off to last all summer, or even this fall since the Covid-19 may remain present when the flu returns”, warns Xavier Palette, president of the National Union of Hospital Biologists (SNBH).

Without an appointment

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