The Portuguese government authorized this Friday the sale from Saturday of self-testing for Covid-19 to do yourself and without a prescription, as part of its strategy of progressive deconfinement unveiled the day before. These rapid antigenic tests, by nasal sampling carried out by the patient himself at home and with a result in a few minutes, will be on sale in particular in pharmacies and drugstores, according to a decree published in the official journal.
The government, which is preparing to reopen several sectors of activity from next week, establishes “an exceptional and provisional regime” of six months, during which time it “authorizes the realization of rapid self-tests” within the framework of its massive screening strategy. After two months of general confinement to deal with a violent third wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, the government unveiled on Thursday a plan for the gradual and differentiated unlocking of its system to fight this disease.
Deconfinement from Monday
Thus, from Monday, nurseries, primary schools and certain non-essential businesses such as hairdressing salons by appointment, real estate agencies, bookstores and libraries, will be reopened. To prepare for this return of students to schools, the government has planned to rely on the deployment of mass screening.
He also chose to make school staff, especially teachers, a priority for the Covid-19 vaccine. Self-tests are already present in countries such as Germany and Austria, recalls the Ministry of Health in the decree.