From next week, a Covid-19 serological screening campaign will kick off for the 90,000 people that make up Monaco’s population and workforce.
The testing is completely free, paid for by the State, and on a volunteer basis. Each household will receive by post an official letter signed by the minister of state to explain the process (see attestation below) and how tests will begin in alphabetical order of families for all residents aged 5 and up (under-5s will be tested in the presence of a pediatrician).
Two screening centers, at Espace Léo Ferré (Fontvieille) and Espace Ravel (Grimaldi Forum), will be open from Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will accommodate up to 4,000 residents per day in total.
Results from the serological finger prick test, also known as TROD (rapid diagnostic orientation tests), are known in only ten minutes. A negative result means the person has not been in contact with the virus.
Anyone testing positive will have to take a blood test in a laboratory (paid for by the State) to determine the viral load and when the virus was first encountered. If this period is less than the 7 days of active contamination time, a nasopharyngeal swab will confirm if the person is infected with the coronavirus, which in turn will lead to a two-week compulsory quarantine.