As the number of daily Covid-19 cases explodes in France, breaking records, pharmacies are crumbling under the demand for tests. Many of them have, for several months, installed barnums intended to carry out these screenings. In Paris, nearly 1,000 of these tents have reportedly been set up, but some of them are said to be illegal. Thus, according to information from the Parisian, a vast network would have been dismantled in Île-de-France.

On January 5, two men were arrested in Seine-Saint-Denis. These individuals, placed in police custody at the Lilas police station, are suspected of belonging to a network operating no less than 300 fake Covid test barnums throughout the region. A preliminary investigation for fraud by an organized gang, covert work and illegal occupation of the public domain has been opened.

To be able to carry out these tests and be reimbursed by Health Insurance, the crooks used the professional health card (CPS) of a pharmacist, installed in the 16th arrondissement of the capital. According to initial investigations, he was totally ignorant of the facts. As for the customers tested in these fake barnums, they did not suspect anything, since all the administrative procedures were well done and the Health Insurance took care of the screenings, with the exception of foreign customers, who asked for 100 euros. cash. Sunday, January 2, two men from Paris and Charenton-le-Pont (Val-de-Marne), aged about twenty, were arrested. They are suspected of having set up a Covid test tent illegally on the Champs-Elysées. A screening invoiced 100 euros.

The risk for those tested in these fake tents: that the professionals used by the crooks are not well trained and perform the tests poorly. “There is also a risk in the interpretation of the results, not to mention the management of healthcare waste”, points in the columns of Parisian Bruno Maleine, president of the regional council of the Order of pharmacists of Île-de -France. Faced with this phenomenon of fake barnums, the police have increased the checks in recent days in Paris, in particular. “We have a lot of feedback concerning these illegal barnums. They are everywhere,” says Jeanne d’Hauteserre, mayor (LR) of the 8th arrondissement.

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