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Long queues at new Brussels rapid test centre for corona

Brussels has opened a new test centre for Covid which allows people to have themselves tested until midnight. Many have taken the opportunity on the opening night: there were long queues on the Poelaertplein.   

Until now, local residents had to go to a pharmacy for a rapid corona test, but chemists close around 5 or 6. The hospitality industry and nightlife sector had taken the initiative to have a new rapid test centre installed at the Poelaertplein (near the monumental court house Palace of Justice) to allow party-goers more flexibility. 

This rapid test centre stays open until midnight. Those wanting to attend an event can have a corona test taken for 15 euros, or 20 euros after 10 p.m.  In pharmacies, this is currently 30 euros. 

The test centre is a success; long queues could be seen on the first day. A corona pass is required for most events in the capital. If you haven't been double-jabbed, you need a recent negative corona test to get in. 

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