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Health boards urge people not to call corona test hotline on Monday mornings

Testing at a drive through centre. Photo: Depositphotos.com

People with coronavirus symptoms have been asked not to call the government’s testing hotline on Monday mornings to avoid overburdening the system.

The national network of community health services (GGDs) said its lines remained open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, but advised people to ‘avoid the Monday morning rush’ and call later in the day.

The Dutch testing infrastructure is operating close to capacity following a recent surge in cases, leading to delays in processing test results. Last Thursday the GGDs admitted it was almost impossible to book a coronavirus test within 48 hours at the 100 testing stations.

On Saturday

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