France is going to launch a device to be able to perform Covid-19 antigen testing at Paris airports, initially intended for business travel brokers, with the idea of extending it to other airport terminals in the country that also claim them.
The Secretary of State for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, said this Sunday in an interview with the station Europe 1 that the Government is working and that the idea is that launch “as soon as possible”, maybe Monday or Tuesday.
Djebbari specified that they want to do in connections in which there is a significant weight of business trip, as with the United States. The will is for it to be deployed quickly at Paris, Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports.
“We will try to do for the largest number of airports that request it, but in good condition, “he said after having said that there are also demands from Nice or Marseille.
The goal of performing these antigen tests, for which results are available within minutes, is to give fluency in air transport e try avoid the application of quarantines.
The secretary of state justified the delay in implantation of these devices -which had been announced a dozen days ago- because first they have had to collect tests, establish agreements with the laboratories in charge of processing them and establish with Social Security who will bear their cost.
Djebbari himself had anticipated on the 16th that they would be used on flights to the United States or Italy, but also for passengers arriving in France from countries with a high epidemic level.
On the other hand, the head of Transportation confirmed that his Government has contemplated “all hypotheses” when asked about the possibility of it being reapply lockdown as in spring before the vertiginous increase of infections, with the last three days of consecutive record in France.
He insisted that every week there is a assessment of the situation to, as the president, Emmanuel Macron, put it, to apply “the most effective measures at the most pertinent level.”
He also noted that “a general confinement would be very expensive for France “and that is why they try to put” the most useful restrictions “but that allow the activity to be preserved.
Given the arrival of this second wave (on Saturday more than 45,000 new cases were reported in France), the Minister of Economy predicts that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will fall again in the fourth quarter, after the recovery of the third.