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Tests to detect Covid-19 will be performed systematically at the Nice Côte d’Azur airport for travellers from countries at risk, according to the government.
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal told BFMTV on Sunday that airports throughout the country will apply the strict controls, saying: “We are going to carry out tests at the airport on travellers who come from countries called ‘red’, that is, from the countries with the most circulation of the virus.”
The measure could involve performing up to 2,000 tests a day, which will be free for travellers.
Mr Attal said that travellers who have already been tested in their country of origin will not have to do it again when they arrive in France, however they will have to provide proof that they have done so.
Minister of Health Olivier Véran had previously indicated that work was underway to have saliva tests validated by the health authorities so they can be implemented at airports for travellers arriving from a country at risk.
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