You click and you can go for the test in half an hour. There are no more queues in Prague due to coronavirus, a simple website helped
Need to get coronavirus tested, but don’t know where the smallest queues are? In Prague, this problem was solved by the covid.praha.eu website. Thanks to which the waiting time for testing has been reduced to a minimum – just choose whether you have a request or you are self-paying and how much you want to pay for the test, the website will offer you places with the nearest available dates.
“For example, Wenceslas Square is quite typical. 50% of the tested persons are foreigners, for whom this place was established, “ says Michal Mikšík, spokesman for GHC Genetics. For the Prague City Hall, take samples in a total of five places. And it was on Wenceslas Square that the beginning of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic often formed hourly queues.
That is why Prague has launched its reservation website covid.praha.eu. “We needed a tool that would allow them to track queues and spread out over time.” submit to Benedikt Kotmel from the ICT Operator, which developed the website for Prague.
The situation with the availability of tests is generally improving in Prague, as, among other things, the number of sampling points has increased. Thanks to the web, however, tests are now almost nowhere to be expected. “When we launched the site, the closest possible reservation was in three days. Today you will find a free reservation immediately, within half an hour you can go somewhere for a test. “
An overview of the situation in Prague
Prague received a special award for the covid project working with open data from the OSF Foundation for the website. In addition, thanks to data from the system, the municipality will continue to have an overview of the spread of coronavirus. “We have an online overview of how the situation in the city is developing. It is much faster than the usual test results, which are delayed by several days, “confirmed the mayor of Prague Zdeněk Hřib from the Pirate Party.
A few days before Prague launched its website covtest.cz with available testing dates throughout the country and Satori IT Consulting. The website works on the same principle as the one in Prague – the system sends inquiries to the reservation systems of individual collection points at several-minute intervals and so-called “scrap” data from them. Search engines, for example, pay attention to airline tickets on a similar principle.
Websites are awaiting further improvements
Thanks to a report from Radiožurnál from the beginning of October, the creators of both websites connected. Covtest.cz therefore, it therefore provides the Prague website with data from sampling points in the Central Bohemian Region. “When you’re on covtest.cz you enter the address, the website itself will search for the nearest collection points according to the addresses and find out where it is most convenient for you to go, “ says Michal Doubek, one of the creators covtest.cz.
On covid.praha.eu according to the government’s decision, mayor, according to the mayor Zdeněk Hřib, could approach the possibility of choosing the places where they perform antigen tests.