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Madrid announces massive PCR tests in the six areas with the highest incidence of Covid

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The Madrid's community It will carry out PCR tests on the population between 15 and 49 years old residing in the areas with the highest incidence of Covid-19. Specifically, it involves Carabanchel, Usera, Villaverde, Vallecas, Alcobendas and Móstoles within the framework of a broader community intervention to try to curb infections and detect asymptomatic cases.

This was announced this Friday on Regional Government Health Minister, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, during his visit to the SUMMA 112 headquarters to express his appreciation for the work of emergency and public health professionals in the fight against coronavirus.

This action is included in the Covid-19 Strategy and starts on Monday in the Carabanchel district, to continue on Tuesday in Usera, Wednesday in Villaverde, Thursday in Vallecas, Friday in the municipality of Alcobendas and Saturday in the town of Móstoles, areas that stand out for the increase in transmission in the last two weeks.

Specific, 1,000 people will be summoned daily for the test via SMS messages that will be sent by the General Directorate of Public Health to the selected participants and a total of 6,000 messages are expected to be launched with the text "If you do not have symptoms, Public Health offers PCR", specifying the day and place to go.

PCR tests will be performed at Emergency areas of health centers, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., by a team of SUMMA professionals, made up of six nurses and six Health Emergency Technicians.

Once performed, the PCR test It will be transferred for analysis to the laboratories of the hospitals Doce de Octubre, Gregorio Marañón, La Paz and Móstoles and the participants will receive a call from Health technicians to inform them of the result of the same, whether it is positive or negative for the Covid-19 infection.

The objective is to detect the infection early in asymptomatic people and indicate their isolation to "cut" the chain of transmission of the disease through this initiative, which complements the strategy of early detection, surveillance and control carried out in the Community of Madrid.

This intervention will be complemented, in turn, with health education activities to reinforce prevention measures and the importance of isolation and quarantine in the control of transmission, which will be carried out in collaboration with health and social services professionals from municipal entities.

This initiative of community intervention in Basic Health Zones and in the young population is framed in the Covid-19 Strategy and based on the results found, the Ministry of Health will adapt the community interventions "that are necessary" in the areas of the Madrid region where an increase in the transmission of the infection is detected, as specified by the department of Ruiz Escudero.

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