Requesting a PCR test directly after a positive self-test possible from next Thursday

Requesting a PCR test directly after a positive self-test possible from next Thursday
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Belgium will develop a new tool allowing people who tested positive with a coronavirus self-test to immediately request a code for a PCR test.

Currently, people who test positive with a self-test have to contact the coronavirus call centre of their general practitioner to get a test to book a PCR test (nasal swab test), of which the result is more reliable than a self-test. This sometimes means people are left waiting one or two days before getting an appointment for a test.

On Wednesday, Belgium’s Inter-Ministerial Conference on Health (IMC) agreed to develop a tool to simplify and speed up this process. The tool is expected to be available from next Thursday, 27 January, according to Belga news agency.

In November, the Belgian Government already launched a website on which people showing Covid-19 symptoms can find out if they need to be tested or not by answering a few questions, and via which they can automatically get a test activation code.

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After filling out the online questionnaire, the user will receive a test code with which an appointment can be made, if necessary, at a test centre, a laboratory or a pharmacy.

This tool was implemented to abolish the need for people to visit a doctor to get such a test code, easing pressure both on doctors and on pharmacies as well.


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