High and low risk contacts of confirmed cases of covid-19 who have performed a self-test must confirm the result with a rapid antigen test (TRAg) or nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN), according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS). ).
This confirmation test, which is required regardless of the self-test result, should preferably be carried out within 24 hours, according to the updated rule this Thursday.
The DGS also clarified the guidance on bars and clubs and says that access can only be done with a negative test, whatever the day of the week and time of day, but self-tests can be used at the entrance.
In the standard on the national testing strategy for SARS-CoV-2, the DGS also defines that symptomatic people with suspected infection, regardless of vaccination status, should undergo TRAg or ANTH. Those who perform a self-test and the result is negative, must confirm with TRAg or TAAN within 24 hours.
On the other hand, people without vaccine booster and who want to visit patients hospitalized in health facilities, homes or institutions that support and host the most vulnerable populations and prisons need to be tested. If they do a self-test and the result is positive, they must perform a TRAg or confirmation TAAN within 24 hours and these will be the results that count.
The latest data from the DGS indicate that in Portugal, since March 2020, 19,181 people have died with covid-19 and 1,734,343 cases of infection by SARS-CoV-2 have been recorded.
CERTIFICATE VALIDITY INCREASES FROM 6 TO 9 MONTHS
As of February 9, vaccination certificates will include booster doses and their validity will be extended from six to nine months. Children are, for now, excluded from booster doses.
Since the rules regarding the use of the vaccination certificate vary between countries, the Directorate-General for Health recommends that travelers check the entry rules in force in the country of destination before traveling.