De Backer’s comments during a visit to a new testing centre at Brussels Airport, which opened on Monday and will offer on-site testing to arriving and departing passengers.
The country’s testing capacities as reported by De Backer represent a scale-up from those reported in early May, when De Backer said that, with around 19,000 daily tests on average, Belgium had one of the highest testing rates in Europe.
According to De Backer’s figures, 99% of people who get tested get results back within 24 hours, although he conceded that a longer waiting times were possible.
Any delays, he said, were due to uncertain results (which require a new test) or to the fact that some laboratories get samples in the evening which are only analysed the day after. In those cases, De Backer said, the delay can be of up to 36 hours.