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Covid-19: faced with the influx, the DGS recommends prioritizing access to screening tests


"It is appropriate that people considered to have priority to benefit from a diagnostic test be taken care of quickly," said the Directorate General of Health Friday.

With more than eight million Covid tests performed between Christmas and New Years, a new record has been broken.

To unclog pharmacies taken by storm, the Directorate General of Health (DGS) recommended Friday evening to prioritize "

access to tests

", as reported by BFMTV.


It is appropriate that the people considered as having priority to benefit from a diagnostic test be taken care of quickly


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Symptomatic cases

", "

risky contact cases

", "

people with medical prescriptions

" and "

people with a positive self-test

" should be able to be tested as a priority, according to the DGS, as well as "

people whose performance of a test is compulsory under border enforcement


people who need a test to travel abroad


"The other situations must be considered as non-priority, in particular the performance of 'comfort' tests aimed at obtaining proof in the health past", adds the DGS.


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The DGS recommends referring asymptomatic people to self-tests.

It also changed the rules for French people who tested positive for Covid-19: confirmation of a positive antigen test by a PCR test is no longer an obligation.

Whether positive or negative, an antigen test is now sufficient to decide whether or not to isolate, without the need to do a PCR test immediately.

On the other hand, a positive self-test must be confirmed, either by an antigen test or by a PCR test.

Source: lefigaro

All tech articles on 2022-01-08

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