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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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.