Spanish Government to urge health centres not to prescribe rapid Covid tests

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The Spanish Government plans to urge health centres not to prescribe rapid Covid tests amid fears they “do not serve to detect the virus”.

SELF-DIAGNOSTIC tests have been sold in pharmacies for the last 15 days, for around €25 euros and always with a prescription.

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But Health Minister Salvador Illa has asked for caution before using them.

“The tests are not an absolute security passport nor are they a guarantee, they are a caption of a certain moment. It does not exempt us from taking security measures.”


And a health source told La Sexta the department will ask doctors to stop prescribing the tests which detect if a person has antibodies against coronavirus in 10 minutes.

The test is said to be 90 per cent effective.


The Ministry of Health has warned that if you do a test at home, you must get confirmation from a health centre.

“We are going to work on protocolizing these self-diagnostic tests,” it was added.


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