Country heads want to discuss corona tests with Merkel

Country heads want to discuss corona tests with Merkel

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Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) speaks.

The heads of state want to discuss the strategy for further corona tests with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) next week. Brandenburg’s Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) said in Potsdam on Friday that the federal states were already active, but there were big differences. “But we have great interest, I believe, that these test strategies are largely (…) harmonized with each other,” said the President-in-Office of the Federal Council.

The goal is to quickly identify infections and protect people, said Woidke. There is also a nationwide interest in a central evaluation of the test data in order to gain new knowledge about the corona virus. According to his statements, the country heads also want to advise on the handling of major events, the opening of schools and daycare centers as well as on the economic stimulus package.

According to a decree by the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU), tests for the corona virus can be significantly expanded in the future – even without signs of illness and especially in sensitive areas such as nursing homes. The statutory health insurers should pay.

Brandenburg wants to start voluntary corona tests for teachers and kindergarten teachers, because daycare centers are due to open again next Monday and schools after the summer holidays from August 10th. There are also random tests for schoolchildren and daycare children as well as for nursing staff and residents in nursing homes. The voluntary tests are to be financed from the country’s bailout fund.



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