Children getting tested for coronavirus at a rapid testing station in Tel Aviv

Rapid virus testing spots over-encumbered amid peak demand

Most traffic at testing stations constitutes of children aged 3–12 who are still not eligible for a coronavirus vaccine; disgruntled parents tell about having to stand in line with their children for more than an hour despite making an appointment

Nina Fox, Gilad Cohen |
Updated: 08.19.21, 17:32
Long lines formed at rapid coronavirus testing facilities across Israel due to increased demand stemming from the expansion of the Green Pass mandate to include all Israelis aged 3 and over.
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  • Israel reinstated on Wednesday the Green Pass mandate, which requires people to present proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 upon entering public facilities.
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    מתחם לבדיקות מהירות של מד"א בגני יהושע
    מתחם לבדיקות מהירות של מד"א בגני יהושע
    Children getting tested for coronavirus at a rapid testing station in Tel Aviv
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
    Most traffic at testing stations constituted of children aged 3–12 who are still not eligible for a coronavirus vaccine.
    Disgruntled parents told Ynet about having to stand in line for more than an hour with their children despite making an appointment.
    "We were planning to have a fun day out, but it seems this will be our fun day out — standing in line," said Amit, who was waiting with his daughter to get into the Jerusalem's Science Museum.
    Magen David Adom (MDA) Director General Eli Bin said that the emergency health service will open several more testing locations nationwide to alleviate some of the pressure on the over-encumbered testing hubs.
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    מתחם לבדיקות מהירות של מד"א בגני יהושע תל אביב
    מתחם לבדיקות מהירות של מד"א בגני יהושע תל אביב
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
    The rapid tests do not require the transport of a sample to a laboratory and provide a result within 15 to 30 minutes.
    MDA operates the rapid testing stations alongside dozens of private companies approved by the Health Ministry, with each overseeing a different part of the country.
    The testing complexes are scattered throughout the country or at the entrance to public events and facilities.
    First published: 17:25, 08.19.21
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