France creates website to upload Covid self-test results

France creates website to upload Covid self-test results
Self-testing kits are available in French pharmacies. Photo: Fred TANNEAU / AFP
People in France who use a Covid-19 self-testing kit will be invited to upload their results to a new website launched by the health ministry on Monday.

The French health ministry publishes detailed daily data on the number of positive Covid tests in France, but until now this has only included people whose test was done by a testing centre, medical centre or pharmacy.

Now, however, the government has created a website to allow people to report the results of tests done at home with the self-test kits.

Whether the test is positive or negative, you will be able to report your results to the website  Users will be required to create an account on the CyberLab platform. The test results will be stored for three months before being automatically deleted.

The French government advises people who have received a positive result from a self-testing kit to confirm the results by taking a PCR test. This allows Assurance Maladie to begin the process of contact tracing.

However, there is no way of forcing people to take a PCR test after testing themselves at home. According to Le Parisien, the goal of the new website is to make sure all positive tests can be followed up with contact tracing, although it relies on people voluntarily uploading their results.

Home-testing kits are available in pharmacies for a maximum price of €6 and will this summer be widely distributed on beaches, campsites, hotels and other tourist spots, health minister Olivier Véran has announced.

Click HERE for a complete guide to how the home-test kits work.

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