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Closure of all public quick test centres this weekend

At the latest on 6 March, it will no longer be possible to get a free quick test. PCR testing remains possible.

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By Bente D. Knudsen

A publicly funded quick test has been an important part of the Danish covid-19 test strategy.

However, as the possibility to self-test as well as the recategorization of coronavirus since 1 February ( it is no longer considered to be a dangerous disease), it was decided early February 2022 to downscale the testing capacity and ultimately to close all public quick test centres.

From 6 March only public PCR tests will still be possible.

The Danish health authorities recommend that residents take a self-test if they are a close contact, have received a warning through the “smittestop app”, are visiting a person at risk or have coronavirus  symptoms.

If the self-test is positive, it is still recommended to take a PCR test.

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The PCR test enables the authorities to monitor the virus development for new and potentially dangerous variants.

The daily PCR test capacity is at present 200,000 and there are at present 160 PCR test centres across the country.

The test capacity will be adapted and can be downscaled or upscaled as needed.

Anyone needing a test for travel reasons will still be able to get a PCR test when the quick test centres close.

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