German; Free antigen rapid test early March

UMMATIMES - The German government is providing free rapid antigen tests to all citizens starting in early March.

"Starting March 1, all citizens will be able to be tested for free by trained personnel," said Jens Spans, Minister of Health, via his Twitter account, Tuesday (16/2).

The free Rapid Antigen Test is expected to make testing easier for the German people. Although, this antigen test cannot be used as a mainstay in detecting Covid-19 in people who are asymptomatic.

According to Sphan, Germany also plans to launch a standalone antigen test after it is approved by the national drug regulatory agency BfArM.

To date, Germany has recorded 3,856 new cases of Covid-19 in the previous 24 hours and 528 deaths.