Infections rising quickly: Quick test centres are set to reopen in Aalborg

by Megan McPhee Christensen

The rate of infection is rising again, and hence more and more people need to be tested. 

To meet the growing demand for testing, the government has now decided to increase PCR test capacity to 150,000 tests per day and reinstate quick-testing with a capacity of 100,000 daily tests.

That’s what the authorities have written in a press release. 

In the next 14 days, the private suppliers of quick tests will reestablish test setups with the 100,000 daily tests and reopen several quick test centres around Aalborg.

The capacity can then be scaled up again with a 14-days warning if needed.

It will therefore be possible to adjust the testing efforts based on both infection rates and demand.

There will thus come a range of new quick test centres spread over the country, and the number and placement of them will be planned soon by the regions in collaboration with the suppliers and municipalities.

 The new test centres will be updated continuously on the map of Denmark on coronasmitte.dk

Right now, there is a lot of pressure, especially on the test centre outside Aalborg Hospital South, where there have been long queues all day for the past week.

Ready to react quickly

At the start of week 43, approximately 80.000 PCR tests were performed daily by the national network of test centres. This Thursday, over 100,000 PCR tests were performed. Director of the Department for Supply Safety (Styrelsen for Forsyningssikkerhed), Lisbet Zilmer-Johns, says:

“We have been prepared for a situation where infection rates could rise. Hence we can react quickly now. To ensure enough tests to handle the current situation, we are now increasing capacity and will get both PCR and quick tests.  

Both regions and private suppliers are ready to increase capacity.

With the increased test demand, busy periods, especially in peak hours at the test centres, cannot be avoided, and we would therefore like to encourage you to make use of the full spread of opening hours if you have the possibility to.”

Facts:

  • From today: PCR test capacity is being scaled up from 100.000 to 150.000 daily tests
  • From today: Local test efforts are in place with PCR and quick tests around the capital region. 
  • Within 14 days: Quick tests reinstated around the country with 100,000 daily test capacity.