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Free testing for Covid-19 begins in the capital Bucharest, the Romanian newspaper Gundul wrote today and informed that at 1 pm the Bucharest mayor’s office will present an online platform where 11,000 residents of the Romanian capital can sign up voluntarily for to be tested for infection with the new coronavirus.
The platform is part of the “Testing for Bucharest” program – the first local government initiative in Romania to provide Real Time PCR testing to a large number of asymptomatic individuals. Bucharest City Hall will transfer directly to the state and private laboratories involved in the project the amount of 200 lei (BGN 80) for each person tested.
Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firia presented the project yesterday, noting that the Romanian capital is included in the list of major European cities that apply the principle of mass testing, also recommended by the World Health Organization. “Standard RT-PCR antigen tests, the most widely used currently in the world to diagnose SARS-CoV-2 infection, will be used,” the Bucharest mayor said.
Another project of the mayor’s office will start next week, which envisages testing for antibodies on 10,500 residents of the capital. The aim is to show how the virus circulated in Bucharest, Gundul writes.
The Romania Libera newspaper reported that the government had approved the provision of protective masks for 2.3 million people from vulnerable social groups. Health Minister Nelu Tataru said vulnerable groups would be given 50 masks for two months. The minister added that the budget of the Ministry of Health will be supplemented with 230 million lei for the purchase of these personal protective equipment.
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