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Drogeriemarkt Dm opens center for free rapid tests

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Dm has started a new project in Baden-Württemberg: The drugstore is opening a quick test center in the open space in front of most of its branches. The aim is to offer citizens free rapid tests as part of the federal government’s new test strategy. The drugstore announced this in a press release. The federal and state governments decided on Wednesday to give all citizens the opportunity once a week to be tested for the corona virus free of charge using a rapid antigen test.

DM plans to gradually build up its rapid test center in the course of March. They want to start in front of around 250 DM markets in Baden-Württemberg. To this end, Dm employees as well as medical specialists and volunteers would be trained. Further test stations require the approval of the municipalities and center operators. The chain operates a total of 340 branches in Baden-Württemberg and 2,040 stores nationwide.

Free rapid tests initially in Baden-Württemberg

Christoph Werner, chairman of the Dm board of management, said in the press release that this is a way of helping to regain a piece of normality. They also hope to contribute to the reopening of cultural institutions or retail outlets. “That is why we have presented a concept to the state and federal government on how we can set up rapid test centers at our Dm stores first in Baden-Württemberg and then throughout Germany,” said Werner.

Manne Lucha, Minister for Social Affairs and Economy in Baden-Württemberg, welcomes the advance of the drugstore chain. They are very interested in implementing the new test strategy as quickly as possible. “I hope that there will be more business offers,” said Lucha. But he also warns that the tests do not replace any of the existing distance and hygiene measures. Even a negative test result should not be understood as a license.

In addition to the free offer, rapid tests are also available for free. Dm had already announced that it would offer rapid tests from next Tuesday. But they also want to sell discounters such as Aldi and Lidl from Saturday.

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