Covid-19: twelve million tests carried out in one week, a new record

Morsa Images /Getty Images A new record that could cost Social Security dearly. Near 12 million screening tests for Covid-19 were achieved last week, largely crushing the previous record set in New Year’s week , according to published figures, Thursday 12 January, by the Ministry of Health.

The wave Omicron has triggered a tidal wave in pharmacies and laboratories: 12,93 million PCR and antigen tests were validated between January 3 and 9, compared to 8,44 million the previous week, specifies the Drees (management of research, studies, evaluation and statistics), in a press release. A leap of 68%, accompanied by a new daily peak of 2,16 million tests on January 6th.

Sharp increase among those under 16 year

On the rise in all age groups, screening has especially soared among those under 19 years, of which the “volume of “weekly” tests tripled from 1 to 3 million “with the start of the school year”. This massive influx weighs on “validation times (which) continue to increase: 44% of results are still returned in less than 24 hours, thanks to two thirds of rapid antigen tests , but only 87% of PCRs carried out in laboratories. The DREEs stresses, however, that this slowdown could be “biased” by the congestion of the SI-DEP IT platform, faced with “difficulties in integrating the very numerous tests”. The desire of the French to spending the end-of-year holidays in complete safety had cost Social Security dearly, according to information from the Echoes, around thirty million antigen tests s or PCR had been carried out in December, of which 28 million reimbursed, for an estimated cost of nearly one billion euros for this month alone.

A number to take into account in the Government’s budget, which has provided a financial envelope of six billion euros for the reimbursement of the tests over twelve months.

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