#COVID-19: Chad Records 65 New Cases, Imposes Stiff Charges For Tests

The government of Chad has imposed stiff charges on coronavirus tests for unvaccinated passengers wanting to travel by air from the country.

The government of Chad has imposed stiff charges on coronavirus tests for unvaccinated passengers wanting to travel by air from the country.

In a communique made public on Monday, Nov. 1, the National Coordination of the Fight Against COVID-19 announced that  unvaccinated passengers wishing to travel by air to a foreign country must pay 40,000 FCFA (about 80 US dollars) in order to be tested and issued a certificate.

The announcement of the new COVID-19 test charges took effect from Monday, Nov. 1.

Passengers who have been vaccinated and travelling to countries where PCR tests are demanded would have to pay 15,000 FCFA for a vaccination card issued by the Chadian government.

The communique indicates that passengers who are 12 years and above must submit themselves for an antigenic test which is free of charge.

Meanwhile, the epidemiological situation in Chad indicates that in October, 2021, 8,247 tests were carried out in the country and 65 new coronavirus cases were discovered.

Among the 65 new cases diagnosed, 45 were in N’Djamena the capital, 10 in Tibesti, three in Guera, three in Mayo Kebbi West, three in Longone Oriental, one in Wadi Fira, and one in Sila.

One person was also declared dead from coronavirus in the country in the month of October, bringing the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in Chad to 175 since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

A total of 5,105 persons have tested positive in 20 provinces of the country since March last year.

The number of persons vaccinated in the country since June 4, 2021 now stands at 165,934 with 61,570 vaccinated in October alone.

The National Coordination of the Fight Against Covid-19 has therefore called on all Chadians to get themselves vaccinated and to respect the barrier measures put in place.

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