March 07, 2021 – 20:29
The Aldi supermarket line in Germany started selling fast test kits for COVID on Saturday. In some of the shops they were emptied immediately.
Five rapid test kits – worth about 25 euros – spurred long queues in stores, while in Germany about seven brands have been approved to produce them. Kits can be purchased in limited quantities, only one pack per person.
The commercial initiative aims to promote mass testing and reduce their cost. It comes as Germany tries to ease restrictive measures, while at the same time continuing to vaccinate the population, similarly in Europe.
Last week Europe counted 1 million new cases of COVID-19, an increase of about 9% compared to a week ago. The authorities consider that the easing of restrictive measures should be done in a controlled manner.
However in many states it is turning out that the population is getting tired of the restrictions. French police emptied riverside parks and banned young people from consuming alcohol in public in areas such as Dunkirk and Nice, where there has recently been a greater spread of the infection.
Meanwhile in Austria, thousands of people gathered on Saturday in several protests against the restrictive measures in Vienna. According to local media, about 15 thousand people took part in the protests and many of them did not wear masks./Euronews.al