Germany: New testing rules come into force on Thursday

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Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn said the new coronavirus testing rules will take effect this Thursday. In accordance with the current decree signed this morning, tests for coronavirus will be done primarily to people who can be attributed to risk groups, as well as healthcare workers.

Fewer tests are planned for those returning from travel. Mass testing is planned in nursing homes. There will be “rapid antigen tests” to be able to regularly screen visitors, staff and patients.

Spahn recently announced that there will be more testing in Germany. At the same time, the minister spoke about additional tests in the amount of “several million a month.” The politician is concerned that the number of infections is also increasing among the elderly. “Whether we have 10,000 infected 20-year-olds or 10,000 infected 80-year-olds (…) makes a big difference.” Therefore, the primary task is to protect institutions in the health care system and care for the elderly from the emergence of foci of coronavirus.

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