Coronavirus: saliva tests soon in airports, Olivier Véran says

Published by Cécile D. · Published on 14 July 2020 at 17h35
French health minister said saliva tests will soon be available in airports in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus with the arrival of travelers coming from countries at risk.

As the indoor and outdoor borders of the Schengen area have reopen, France is about to welcome new travelers. Very worried as for a second epidemic wave, French health minister Olivier Véran has announced saliva tests will be set up very soon in airports.

These EasyCov tests are not mandatory but the government wishes to control “all travelers coming from countries at risk” as much as possible, Olivier Véran said this Friday July 10 on BFMTV and RMC.  The minister added that these new tests will are “being qualified” and are “being bought” by the health minister.

Olivier Véran adds he is “working with Secretary of Stage for the Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, we have counted how many people it will concern. I am working with ARS Île-de-France director general Aurélien Rousseau to deploy teams in airports and proceed to these saliva tests.”

This operation would enable to curb the propagation of Covid-19 as in France, the minister “notice[s] the virus keeps on being under control to the cost of considerable efforts”. The goal is to always prevent a second wave. Olivier Véran says “we have a plan for every situation”. Yet, he reminds how important barrier gestures are as French neglect them more and more, he says.

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