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Tunisia receives Korean donation of three mobile COVID-19 testing booths

December 15, 2020

(TAP) - A Korean donation consisting of 3 mobile COVID-19 testing booths was handed over to Tunisia at a ceremony held Monday at Tunis Carthage Airport, in the presence of Minister of Health, Faouzi Mehdi and Korea’s ambassador in Tunis CHO Koo Rae.

Director of Primary Health at the Health Ministry Amel Ben Said told reporters a COVID-19 mobile rapid testing booth has been installed about 3 weeks ago at Tunis Carthage Airport and a second unit at the Ras Jedir border crossing while a third mobile unit will be installed soon in the Melloula border crossing between Tunisia and Algeria.

She said that these mobile testing units help protect medics and paramedics against the risk of infection with COVID-19, adding health officials can communicate with concerned travellers via a microphone and take the necessary samples without contacting the people concerned.

'The results of these tests are given to travelers within 15 to 30 minutes at the most,' she said, adding that this measure applies to travellers with a negative PCR test that has been performed less than 72 hours beforehand, to verify the conformity of the rapid test with the analysis test by passengers arriving from foreign countries.

'If the rapid test is positive, the traveler will be directed to a mandatory quarantine center,' she said, adding that if the test result is negative, a sample will be given to a reference laboratory at the border crossing or airport for further verification and final verification of the result.

The Minister of Health told reporters the donation from the Republic of Korea is part of the cooperation between the two countries that began in 2016 and which includes the manufacture of medicines and vaccines and the provision of medical equipment against COVID-19.

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