COVID-19 screening: 1.3 million rapid tests still unused in Quebec

COVID-19 screening: 1.3 million rapid tests still unused in Quebec

No less than 1.3 million rapid COVID-19 screening tests sent to Quebec have still not been used.

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So far, only 6,500 of these tests which detect the virus in less than 15 minutes have been used, mainly in the Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Montreal and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

Quebec has received three types of rapid tests, a nucleic acid amplification test called ID NOW and two antigen tests, Panbio and BD Veritor.

“It is important to note that rapid tests are tests of lower performance or low throughput,” said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Robert Maranda. In addition, the daily capacity of the network is around 40,000 tests, which meets the current demand well ”.

Screen children

The official opposition is asking that rapid tests be used to screen the approximately 600,000 elementary school children who are returning to school this morning, as well as workers in sectors of activity which remain open.

“It is unreal to think that the curfew is one of the only solutions to curb the transmission of COVID-19 in Quebec. In other words, I ask the Legault government, in a collaborative and constructive approach, to quickly deploy a massive screening strategy including the use of rapid tests in environments at risk of outbreaks such as the manufacturing sector. , construction and education ”, argued the head of the PLQ, Dominique Anglade, in a press release.

More details to come …

The Journal is looking for testimonials from people who have been carriers of COVID-19 without knowing it and who have seen those around them fall ill when they themselves had no symptoms. Since the start of the pandemic, many asymptomatic people have infected those around them without knowing it. This has happened in particular in CHSLDs and sports circles. We would love to hear from you if you have experienced such a situation.

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