Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport opens a Covid-19 screening center

A Covid-19 antigenic testing center was opened at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport on Wednesday for passengers from countries classified as “red”.

After the airports of Nice and Orly, it is the turn of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport to deploy rapid tests for travelers on departure and arrival as announced by the Minister for Transport Jean -Baptist Djebbari on Radio Classique.

Since Wednesday, travelers from countries classified “rouge”(Outside the European Union and the Shengen area) who were unable to perform tests before their departure are referred to a center managed by Civil Protection rescuers.

On Wednesday, of the 3,000 passengers who arrived at Charles-de-Gaulle, 600 had to perform this test, said the prefect delegate for the safety and security of airport platforms, Sophie Wolfermann. Less efficient than PCR tests, antigens have the advantage of not requiring laboratory analysis, and of giving a result in about fifteen minutes. Before the establishment of this center, passengers had to undergo PCR tests and left the airport without knowing whether or not they were infected with the virus. Since Wednesday, positive cases have been reported to Health Insurance and “plots».

Thursday morning, the majority of travelers welcomed the initiative. Among the latter, Gabrielle Santoul, a Frenchwoman living in Brazil, judged “fantastic to be able to do this on site, for free, and have the results right away». «I find it essential, civic, responsible, for oneself and for others. I am returning for family reasons, I made up my mind at the last moment and I did not have time to do a test before leaving. I am happy to be able to be sure not to infect my family», She testified, on her arrival from Sao Paulo.

The air transport sector is strongly calling for the large-scale deployment of Covid-19 screening tests at airports to avoid quarantine measures on arrival. Since the onset of the health crisis and the collapse of air traffic, the number of passengers has been divided by 10 at the second largest European airport, from 200,000 to 20,000 travelers per day on average.


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