Two new coronavirus testing centres – known as ‘testing streets’ – will be opened in Vienna this week.
From Thursday, February 11th, the centre at Ferry Dusika station will again be allowed to open. From Saturday, February 13th, a testing centre will also open up at Therme Oberlaa.
At both centres, people will need to park their cars and walk up to their appointment. It means the testing centre at Ernst-Happel-Stadion will be the only drive-in testing centre.
From Friday, February 12th, this centre will become drive-in only. Anyone who has a walk in appointment at the Ernst Happel Stadium will be redirected to the nearby Dusika Stadium.
There are now eight large ‘testing streets’ along with more than 20 smaller testing sites.
Testing is free. People with symptoms as well as those who have been abroad or in Tyrol are encouraged to get tested.
The addition of the new centres, both of which can handle up to 4,500 tests per day, will bring the total number of weekly tests that Vienna can carry out to 284,000.
Wir erhöhen unsere Testkapazitäten nochmal: Ab sofort könnt ihr euch im Ferry-Dusika-Stadion testen lassen, ab Samstag kommt in Favoriten mit einer Teststraße in der Parkgarage Therme Oberlaa eine weitere Testmöglichkeit hinzu. #coronavirusAT #Covid19 pic.twitter.com/364XZCrwKi
— Stadt Wien (@Stadt_Wien) February 11, 2021
Mass testing has become a core part of Austria’s strategy in recent weeks.
Austria invested more than 500,000 euros in an online testing platform, which costs just under 200,000 euros per month to maintain – without taking into account the cost of the tests.
Austria as a whole has carried out more than one million tests as at Thursday, February 11th, since lockdown measures were relaxed on Monday, February 8th.