Portugal has already performed 30 million tests on Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic

According to data from the National Institute of Health Dr Ricardo Jorge

Portugal has already carried out about 30 million tests on Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, revealed this Tuesday, January 18, the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA).

According to INSA data, reported at the end of last week, on January 14, “approximately 17,7 million TAAN/PCR tests and close to 12,4 million rapid antigen tests (TRAg) for professional use were performed ».

«In just four days (from the 11th to the 14th of January), the country once again surpassed the one million mark of tests, of which more than 770 thousand (70%) were TRAg for professional use. These data do not include self-tests'.

Since the beginning of the year, until last Friday, “close to 3,3 million diagnostic tests for Covid-19 were carried out, with a daily average of about 233 thousand tests. Of these, about one million were TAAN/PCR and more than 2,2 million were professional use TRAg».

In December, Portugal reached a new maximum number of monthly tests for Covid-19, with more than 5,4 million tests, which is equivalent to a daily average of more than 174 thousand tests. On the 30th, a new maximum of daily testing was even reached, with 402.756 tests performed.

INSA also recalls that each user is entitled to four tests, TRAg for professional use, free of charge per month, a measure of the Government that “intends to strengthen the protection of public health and the control of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The reactivation of the exceptional and temporary TRAg reimbursement scheme aims to “contribute to the early detection and isolation of cases, prevent and mitigate the impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on health services and vulnerable populations, as well as reduce and control transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infection and monitor the epidemiological evolution of Covid-19”, concludes INSA.