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Hungarian Family Doctors to Receive Some 800,000 Antigen Tests

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.10.16.

Hungarian general practitioners will be given close to 800,000 rapid antigen tests to test suspected coronavirus patients, the government website koronavirus.gov.hu said on Saturday.

The antigen tests will allow GPs to identify Covid patients among those suffering from seasonal respiratory infections, the website said.

Those displaying Covid symptoms will need to be tested even if they are a health-care or social worker, someone receiving social care, the contact of a confirmed Covid patient or receiving inpatient or outpatient care, the website said. GPs will also be authorized to order the patient to get a PCR test, it added.

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Those who test positive for the virus are still required to quarantine for ten days.

The website said vaccination was the most effective way to defend against the virus, arguing that less than one percent of those who are inoculated fall ill with Covid.

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