Paid Covid-19 tests sell well on Fridays in Latvia

Since August 1, Latvian residents who do not have a Covid-19 certificate of vaccination or having overcome the disease, have to pay for a test before receiving a service or attending an event. National Health Service (NVD) says that most of these tests are conducted on Fridays, Latvian Television reported August 23.

Analyzing the data from August 1 to 16, the National Health Service (NVD) concluded that, on average, of around 7,500 daily tests, less than half were paid tests. However, for the time being, interest is not declining. 

"From the beginning of August, the number of these tests carried out is quite similar – 3,000 to 3,500 tests carried out daily. The most [paid] tests are conducted on Fridays, over 4,500, while the fewest [paid] tests are carried out on Sundays.

"Such tests can be performed if a person does not have Covid-19 symptoms, but there is a need for a test to attend an event, receive a service, or travel. This could be linked to the fact that most tests are carried out on Fridays and holidays, which may be due to people's willingness to attend various events," said Evija Štālberga, representative of NVD.

A certificate established on the basis of the results of laboratory tests shall have a very short period of validity, up to a few days. That means tests have to be repeated for each service or event.

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