Budapest is offering 5,000 antigen tests to provide free, voluntary testing for its citizens. The possibility of free antigen testing will be available based on prior registration online in four different locations between December 19-23. Test results are available within 30 minutes.
After testing at social institutions and providing 50,000 antigen tests to district municipalities, the capital will begin testing employees responsible for providing the most important public services. The testing program – with 100,000 rapid antigen tests at disposition – was launched by the Municipality with the help of several generous supporters. A total of 273 donors participated in financing the program by donating an approximate total of about 539 million HUF. The largest donation – just like during the first wave of the pandemic – came from the Open Society Foundation. Donations will be used exclusively for fighting against the pandemic and expanding testing capacities. OTP Bank also contributed to reaching this goal by providing access to 10,000 rapid tests to Budapest.
Based on the decisions of the city leadership regarding available testing capacities, we are donating 5,000 antigen tests to the citizens of Budapest. The option of free, voluntary testing will be available between December 19-23 in four locations: Városháza Park, Széna Square, Keleti Railway Station and Etele Square. We know that this amount is not enough for general testing, however, it provides an opportunity for 5,000 people with a residence card and over the age of 18 to find out before the holidays, whether they are actively infected or not. It is important to highlight that a negative test, in itself, does not assure complete safety, as it only reflects a momentary situation. It is important, even with a negative result, to abide by the rules, and for people with positive test results to go into quarantine, in order to prevent further infections and to begin timely treatment.
We are awaiting registrations at https://koronavirus.budapest.hu/teszt-eloregisztracio, where you can find all the information you need about the venue and the exact time of your test. The example of Slovakia shows that general testing substantially helps to tackle new infections.
„Budapest unfortunately does not have the capacity, nor the resources to carry out a general, comprehensive testing for COVID. However, Hungary’s government could do this. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the government has followed Budapest in every progressive step aimed at stopping the pandemic. I hope that it won’t be any different this time. On behalf of the Municipality of Budapest I would like to express my gratitude for the monetary and material donations, that has helped Budapest fight the virus. If possibilities allow, we will soon continue with our testing program” said Gergely Karácsony, Mayor of Budapest in a Facebook post.