For the first time since June, the number of coronavirus tests done during the week and recorded by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has decreased. So, in the week from August 31 to September 6, about a million tests were recorded. – almost 50,000 less than the previous week.
From 22 to 28 June, the number of tests taken increased steadily. Fewer than half a million tests were registered this week. Further, there was a steady growth. At the same time, the percentage of positive test results over the past five weeks fell from 1.00 to 0.74 percent.
The RKI also reported that a sharp jump in PCR testing of the population occurred in the week of August 3-9. In the week leading up to September 6, 66 laboratories reported handling problems for a total of 29,964 samples. 44 laboratories have reported problems with reagent delivery.
Reducing the number of tests taken should defuse the situation. The federal government has decided to remove mandatory tests for all those returning from risk areas. Instead, returnees will have to spend two weeks in self-isolation.
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