Free rapid tests available in 15 test centres

Free rapid tests available in 15 test centres

Since 08 March 2021, Berliners can be tested for the Corona virus once a week free of charge. According to the Senate Health Administration, 15 test centres are available for the rapid tests throughout the city.

  • Corona-Schnelltest-Zentrum Berlin© dpa
    A man walks into a corona testing centre. Berliners can get tested for the corona virus free of charge once a week starting Monday (08.03.2021).
  • Corona test centre© dpa
    Dilek Kalayci (SPD, M), Berlin's Senator for Health, Care and Equality, speaks to media representatives at a Corona test centre.
  • Medical assistants© dpa
    Medical assistants perform an antigen test for the coronavirus.
For their own protection and for the protection of their personal environment, people are called upon to get tested weekly. They will receive a certificate for this. A registration form should go online on Sunday evening. "Basically, anyone who has a positive rapid test must immediately segregate themselves and be compulsorily retested with a PCR test," said Senator Dilek Kalayci (SPD), who visited the test centre at the Max Taut School in Lichtenberg on Sunday. This PCR test is also free of charge for patients. Those affected can find out where to take the test at the test centres (Overview of test centres).

Appointment for SARS-CoV-2 rapid testing

As the Senate Department for Health, Care and Equality announced on 07 March 2021, it is currently necessary to make an appointment at most test centres for organisational reasons. Appointments can be booked at https://test-to-go.berlin/. Without an appointment, only the following test centres can be visited:

  • Max Taut OSZ (Fischerstraße 36 in 10317 Berlin)
  • Kurt-Weiss-Sporthalle (Franzensbader Str. 16 in 14193 Berlin)
  • Poststadion Mitte (Lehrter Str. 59 in 10557 Berlin)

"Test-To-Go Stations" planned in Berlin

The rapid tests will be financed by the federal government, the Länder will have to provide them. Both sides agreed on this on Wednesday. However, not all Länder will offer tests on Monday. In Berlin, "test-to-go stations", as the Senate calls them, are to be added in the near future. Pharmacies, for example, could be commissioned with this. The rapid tests are carried out by trained staff who insert cotton swabs deep into the nose or throat. The situation is different with layman's self-tests for use at home, which have been gradually coming into the retail trade since Saturday: The sample is not taken quite so deeply from the nose, and you can do this yourself.

High demand for discounter self-tests

Some Berliners already bought quick tests at the discounter Aldi on the weekend. They were already quickly sold out on Saturday morning. Lidl, Rewe and Edeka also plan to sell rapid tests in shops soon. The drugstore chains Rossmann and dm plan to launch them on Tuesday. Pharmacies also want to offer the products. Berlin's health offices reported 110 new infections with the coronavirus on Sunday. That was seven more than on Sunday a week ago, according to figures from the health administration. The virus is thus continuing to spread.

The number of vaccinations is increasing

5.9 percent of Berliners have received the first prick, which puts Berlin roughly in line with the national average, according to data released by the Robert Koch Institute on Saturday. 3.4 per cent of the capital's residents have also already received the second dose, which is above average. On Monday, another vaccination centre opens at Tempelhof Airport for the capital.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Monday, 22. March 2021 14:55 Uhr

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