People still ready to pay for Covid-19 tests to attend events

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Since August 1, some people have had to pay for a Covid-19 test for specific purposes. So far, people are prepared to pay, Latvian Television reported August 2.

A fee applies to the tests needed to create a Covid-19 certificate for visiting events, receiving services, or traveling abroad.

Stella Lapiņa, chair of the Central Laboratory Board, said on Monday: "Today I asked our call center about the changes, let's say, to compare Monday with the previous Monday. There are no changes. We are also ready for autumn, but there is a very mild schedule at the moment, two to three thousand [tests] a day, which is a very easy job."

Of nearly 3,800 Covid-19 tests carried out in Latvia on August 1, almost half were paid for and carried out with the purpose of obtaining the certificate.

The nasopharyngeal test costs an average of €35 to €37 whereas the saliva test costs €22 to €25.

NVD spokeswoman Evija Štālberga said: "This is a change, a new arrangement that needs getting used to. And residents need to understand what their choice will be in the future. Consequently, the statistics on the number of state-paid and individually paid tests will certainly change over time. We'll also look at it in a month. "

A certificate established on the basis of the results of laboratory tests has a very short period of validity, up to a few days. That means if one regularly goes out for entertainment or rest, the tests must be repeated.

If the test is needed because there are Covid-19 symptoms, laboratory testing will continue to be paid from State budget resources for epidemiological investigations.

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