PANDEMIC The number of screening exams increased by 25% in the last week

Covid-19 : Tests in “Sharp increase”, their price revised downwards

Little PCR test before going to do the bamboche. — Martin Mejia/AP/SIPA

New illustration of the rebound of the Covid-19 epidemic, the number of screening examinations has increased by 25% last week, according to figures published Thursday by the Ministry of Health, which has just lowered the prices of PCR tests. With more than 1.6 million PCR and antigen tests validated between June 13 and 19, the activity of screening is « again strongly up », indicates the direction of statistics (Drees) in a press release.

The Covid-19 epidemic in full recovery

Fallen to just over a million at the end of May, the number of tests was already at reassembled to nearly 1.3 million the week of Pentecost. This new jump of 25%, favored by the absence of public holidays, is even more pronounced; among those under 16 (+45%). The trend is modeled on the Covid-19 epidemic, in full recovery: the number of contaminations has tripled; in three weeks, from less than 18,000 per day at the end of May to more than 54,000 on Wednesday (average over seven days).

Our file on the coronavirus

The Ministry of Health decided of “ restore common law tariffs » for PCR tests, reducing the amount paid by around four euros; to self-employed caregivers for nasopharyngeal samples, according to a decree published Wednesday in the Official Journal. By the way, the rules have also been changed. modified for medical analysis laboratories. Exit the decreasing rates (with levels at 24 and 48 hours) in force since the end of 2020: from now on the biologists will only be paid if they return the results in less than 36 hours, which is already the case for more than 96% of PCR tests.