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Puerto Rico will provide free Covid testing at toll booths

The testing will occur on weekends only and results will be ready in 15 minutes, according to the island's health department.
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Protest asking the closure of the airport due to the Covid-19 spike in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Aug. 9, 2020.Alejandro Granadillo / NurPhoto via Getty Images file
/ Source: Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Puerto Rico's Health Department announced Friday that it will provide free rapid testing at toll booths across the island in a bid to slow down COVID-19 infections.

Officials said they aim to target people who could be asymptomatic and don't know they are infected.

The testing will occur on weekends only and results will be ready in 15 minutes. If someone tests positive, health officials said they would initiate contact tracing and recommend the person isolate themselves.

The U.S. territory of 3.2 million people has reported more than 36,900 confirmed cases, more than 33,600 probable ones and more than 860 deaths.

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