Corona mass tests for schools, day care centers, hospitals and nursing homes

Mass tests in institutions should follow SARS-CoV-2 infections

The Federal Ministry of Health has submitted a draft regulation that is intended to enable the population to be tested for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. In this way, chains of infection in schools, daycare centers, hospitals, nursing homes, food companies and similar facilities should be uncovered more quickly.

So far, mainly people with symptoms have been tested for the Sars CoV2 virus. According to the will of the Federal Ministry of Health, this could change in the future.

Reinforced testing in people with no symptoms

Pupils, teachers, daycare children and their kindergarten teachers could be tested increasingly on Corona in the future. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, the planned extension of tests to people without symptoms should also include these areas.

New draft regulation

According to a draft ordinance issued by the Ministry of Extended Tests, "all people in hospitals, nursing homes, food companies (e.g. slaughterhouses), catering facilities and community facilities (e.g. day care centers and schools) could be tested in future if cases with Covid-19 occurred there are. The spokesman said the draft had been put to the vote within the federal government. The regulation should come into force retrospectively on May 14.

Test for contact persons of infected people

Tests should also be possible for everyone who has had contact with infected people. However, they must be ordered beforehand by the local health authorities. The Bundestag and Bundesrat decided in mid-May that health insurance companies would in future also have to cover the cost of corona tests (approx. 50 euros) for people without symptoms. So far, tests have generally only been carried out if there is a specific suspicion of infection.

Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said according to the announcement: “Even people without symptoms can transmit the Sars-CoV2 virus. That is why it makes sense to test the entire, narrow environment if possible, if infections are found. ”Patients, residents and employees in nursing homes and hospitals can be better protected in this way. (vb; source: dpa)

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