Second round of mass COVID-19 testing underway


This week’s second round of a citywide mass nucleic acid testing (NAT) has started at 9am today (Thursday) and runs until midnight tomorrow (Friday), lasting for 39 hours.

This comes after a first citywide testing drive was held between Sunday and Tuesday and following a request by health authorities for all citizens to perform a self rapid antigen test (RAT) yesterday (Wednesday) and upload the result to an online platform.

The latest update provided by health authorities indicates that the number of confirmed cases since the latest community outbreak has increased to 110.

Meanwhile, during yesterday’s special testing drive for people living and working in designated areas and belonging to target groups an additional 15 sets of ten samples with preliminary positive results have been detected, the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre announced. 

A total of 53 NAT stations involving 342 sampling booths have been set up across the city. 

Categories of testing stations include: general free of charge stations and self-paid stations (prior booking required), and special care stations (for people with special needs who fail to make prior booking).

All testing stations are equipped with a special care channel. Seven of the NAT stations are special care testing stations providing walk-in service for people in need of special care who fail to make prior booking; users of these stations can be accompanied by one person if necessary.

To shorten the queuing time, people in need of special care are suggested to book the test in general testing stations with the assistance of families or friends, and then utilize use the priority channel there.

Prior booking is required in general testing stations. Persons with bookings are urged to arrive on time; arrivals more than 1 hour early will not be attended, while late arrivals will have to book again. 

Citizens need to book their NAT in advance via https://eservice.ssm.gov.mo/allpeoplernatestbook(general stations) or https://eservice.ssm.gov.mo/rnatestbook/V21(self-paid stations).

Before going to testing stations, people should perform an antigen self-test at home, health authorities add.

If the test result is positive, they must upload the result on the platform and do not need to go to the testing sites.

People with negative results must submit the result and go to the nucleic acid testing stations according to the scheduled times.