Following Germany’s announcement of strict border controls with Austria and the Czech Republic, a coronavirus testing centre for truck drivers and key workers has been set up near the Czech town of Pomezí nad Ohří.
The new restrictions mean only doctors, nurses and carers of the elderly can commute to work between the Czech Republic and Bavaria daily.
Drivers delivering goods can also pass the border but must present a negative coronavirus test no older than 48 hours. In addition, all who enter Germany via the Czech Republic must register their arrival online beforehand.
Oldřich Volf, Deputy Director of the Fire and Rescue Service of the Karlovy Vary Region, has explained how the testing centre will operate.
In cooperation with the rescue unit of the Czech Fire Brigade in Jihlava, we have again created a mobile testing station near Pomezí nad Ohří, in roughly the same place where it stood in the previous period. Antigen testing of cross-border workers who are allowed to enter Germany and truck drivers is to be carried out there. We anticipate that there will only be truck drivers from the territory of the Czech Republic, because others should already have a negative test when entering the Czech Republic. The police will divide the traffic by marking it into two streams. Those already tested people will go to the border, non-tested people to the mobile station.
A map of other sites in the Czech Republic that offer rapid coronavirus tests can be found here.
Photo credit: Hoover5555 / Wikimedia Commons