Copenhagen Airport expands Covid-19 testing to meet demand

Copenhagen Airport expands Covid-19 testing to meet demand
A face mask sign at Copenhagen Airport. Photo: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix
Coronavirus testing capacity at Copenhagen Airport is set to double from Monday with new testing centres also opening in the Danish capital.

The expansion was confirmed by health minister Magnus Heunicke on broadcaster TV2 on Wednesday morning.

Heunicke’s announcement comes as waiting time of several days for tests are reported in Copenhagen and Odense, the two areas currently experiencing the sharpest increases in new infections.

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“In understandable frustration over long waiting times in Copenhagen, people are travelling out to the airport,” Heunicke said to TV2.

“That is putting strain on the airport and causing arriving passengers to wait for hours. We are therefore now both upgrading the airport and adding test centres in Copenhagen,” the minister said.

In order to book a coronavirus test in Denmark, people in the country can log on to the platform to reserve a slot at a local centre. Temporary test centres – often in the form of white tents – are open for asymptomatic people to get a test without prior appointment.

Appointments are also not required at the test units at Copenhagen Airport.



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