Free, rapid antigen tests–by means of nasal or oropharyngeal swabs–to determine if one is currently infected with COVID-19, will be available daily at Florence Station from 8 am to 8 pm starting Saturday, May 15. Red Cross volunteers are providing this service, which already available in other Italian train stations such as Roma Termini and Milano Centrale, at a stand in front of the Palazzina Reale. No appointment is necessary.
The costs are being taken care of funds from the European Commission’s health department, which is giving 35 million euro for screenings in Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain. The aim is to guarantee a minimum of 3,000 free antigen tests a day in Italy by September in order to facilitate safe travel. (rosanna cirigliano)
To read more in Italian, visit Florence’s La Repubblica news site.