The Health Minister has called for a change to the rules applied for Covid testing in Portugal. Marta Temido has proposed the mass testing of the population, allowing tests without a prescription and to make them available at no cost. Currently, testing for the virus can cost up to 120 euros when done privately. The announcement came after the newly-appointed chief of the country’s vaccination programme said increased testing was a key element into defeating the coronavirus which has seen Portugal climb to the top of the global Covid fatality ranking.