The health ministry on Friday said the testing of 20,000 people working in the private and public sectors and the National Guard would start immediately urging those who do not work from home and mainly those providing services to the public to go get tested.
Eligible to get tested are people who reside in the Republic and who work:
– In the public and wider public sector and the local government with priority to those who serve the public
– At the National Guard, police, or the fire service
– In the private sector with priority to companies that serve the public such as banks, post offices, petrol stations, supermarkets, and kiosks.
The laboratories that have been selected meet the requirements for tests using the Real-Time PCR (molecular test) methodology and are able to start sampling immediately.
People who meet those criteria and want to get tested may book an appointment with one of the labs. When they go to get tested, they must present proof, such as a verification by their employer on the nature of their job.
The testing period is 20 days. Labs are obliged to send the test results of each person within 48 hours since the time each sample was taken prioritizing the positive ones.
A detailed list of the laboratories (in alphabetical order), as well as sampling points, is provided. The names of the labs are in English. Some have a drive-through.