AN 2 December, Portugal registered around 113 thousand tests performed on Covid-19, with a positivity rate of 2.5%. This is the second time that, in the space of three days, the mark of 100 thousand daily tests has been surpassed, after on November 30th, almost 117,000 tests were carried out. Still, these data do not include self-tests.
The country carried out around 300,000 Covid-19 diagnostic tests between November 30 and December 2, which, according to the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), “reflects the testing effort carried out since March of 2020”. The organization also emphasizes that, on November 26, the country had already reached a milestone of 21 million tests to Covid-19.
In addition, in November, around 1.5 million diagnostic tests were performed, with a daily average of around 50,000 tests.
The INSA adds that, in terms of typology, “about 15.2 million molecular nucleic acid amplification tests (TAAN / PCR) and approximately 6.4 million rapid antigen tests (TRAg) have been carried out so far. of professional use, in a total of 21.6 million tests”.
It should be remembered that the rapid antigen tests carried out in pharmacies and laboratories that adhere to the exceptional reimbursement scheme were once again free of charge, on November 19, with an increase in their reimbursement from 10 to 15 euros being announced yesterday, in a measure in force until, at least December 31st.
“The reactivation of the exceptional and temporary TRAg reimbursement scheme aims to contribute to the early detection and isolation of cases, to prevent and mitigate the impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on health services and in vulnerable women, as well as to reduce and control the transmission of infection by SARS-CoV-2 and monitor the epidemiological evolution of Covid-19”, informs the entity.
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