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Coronavirus: testing begins on 20,000 workers who serve the public

Testing at a centre in Larnaca on Saturday (Photo: Christos Theodorides)

The precautionary testing of 20,000 employees in the private and public sectors who continue to go to work started on Saturday.

It is expected to last for 20 days and will test people islandwide. The health ministry urged those who are unable to work from home, mainly those providing services to the public to go get tested for Covid-19.
The tests are being carried out by private labs in all districts.

Eligible to get tested are people who work in the public and wider public sector and the local government with priority being given to those who serve the public. It also includes the National Guard, police and fire service.

In the private sector, priority will be given to testing people who work in banks, post offices, petrol stations, supermarkets and kiosks.

People who meet that criteria and wish to get tested may book an appointment with one of the labs at the link below. They must present proof, such as a verification by their employer on the nature of their job.

The testing period is 20 days. Labs are obliged to send the test results of each person within 48 hours, prioritising positive cases.

A detailed list of the laboratories (in alphabetical order) as well as sampling points is provided. The names of most of the labs are in English. Some are drive-through.

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