Mass testing in Castro Marim detects “half-dozen” new cases

Castro Marim’s plan to test its entire population started last weekend, with local mayor Francisco Amaral revealing that “half a dozen positive cases” have been detected out of 800 tests.

The test results for another half-dozen citizens were “inconclusive”, meaning that they will have to quarantine at home until they carry out a second test, Amaral told TSF radio this week.

The project ‘Testar para parar o vírus’ (Testing to stop the virus) was launched by the local council to tackle the worrying spread of Covid-19 in the borough. The council is offering free tests to the local population, with the goal being to test everyone excluding children aged 10 and under, and citizens who have been vaccinated or have already been infected with Covid-19.

The next tests are due to be carried out sometime this week in the villages of Azinhal and Odeleite, followed by Altura and Castro Marim (once again) this coming weekend.

The tests, which will be carried out by volunteer health technicians, must be booked in advance by contacting the local council – 281 510 747, 281 510 778, 961 743 222; biblioteca@cm-castromarim.pt.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com