Coronavirus: Switzerland to close all drive-through testing centres

Coronavirus: Switzerland to close all drive-through testing centres
An example of a drive-through testing centre in the USA. Photo: ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP
Despite an increase in infection rates, Switzerland is closing its drive-through coronavirus testing centres.

The testing centres were established throughout March and April as a way to test rapidly and safely for the virus – with patients not having to leave their car in order to be tested. 

Costs for the centres were paid for by the federal government and/or the cantons – with several offering testing without a doctor’s referral. 

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As reported by Swiss tabloid Blick on Tuesday, the centres have closed down in recent weeks or are closing. 

Lucerne closed its drive-through testing centre at the end of May, while Zurich also wound back its testing facilities in June. 

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While drive-through testing is still offered in the canton of Bern, this will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. 

 


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