Dozens of Naples residents were seen entering San Severo Church on Thursday to undergo affordable and free coronavirus testing, in a temporary COVID testing centre situated in the church.
As Italy registered more than 36,000 new cases and 653 COVID-related deaths within the last 24 hours, mass testing around the country are pushing the capacities of the testing centres to its limits.
This is what motivated several associations to organise so-called hanging tests' initiative, helping residents from poor Naples neighbourhoods to undergo COVID testing for a fair price.
«This initiative will allow mass screening for the residents of the Sanita district who cannot access this test, because many private laboratories tend to sell them at very high costs which are inaccessible for many people,» San Gennaro Foundation member Enzo Porzio said.
«€18 ($21.30) is an affordable cost, but for many families it is still high. This is the reason why the 'hanging test' initiative is going to be a game changer for them. The idea comes from the Neapolitan tradition of a 'hanging coffee,» Porzio added. The 'hanging coffee' is the Napoli tradition of paying a coffee forward for a stranger.
Italy is battling a steep rise in cases again, with the country having recorded over 1,308,528 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 47,870 deaths related to the disease according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.