CORRECTION / ROUNDUP 3: Corona breakdown in Bavaria – 46 people who tested positive are still missing | message
(Correction of this message from Sunday evening August 16: In the 5th paragraph, the NRW Ministry of Health and not Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) is the testimony. Last sentence in the 5th paragraph deleted. There is no request to the federal government. The Ministry in Düsseldorf has corrected the information from the newspaper’s advance notification.)
MUNICH / BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – In the course of the problems at Bavarian Corona test stations, not all those who tested positive have been found: Of 46, there was still no trace on Sunday. 903 people infected with the coronavirus have now been found, of which 844 were informed by Sunday noon. Health Minister Melanie Huml (CSU) said that this has not yet succeeded in 46. “Tens of thousands of documents” should have been viewed. How many of those who tested positive come from Bavaria and how many from the rest of Germany initially remained unclear.
Previously, there were repeated delays in announcing the number of those who tested positive who had not yet found out their results. Originally, the state government had declared that everyone who tested positive should know their result by Thursday noon. This deadline passed, as did several others on Friday and Saturday. “The aim was not to get any uncleanness in,” said a ministry spokesman on Sunday. The complexity of the subject has repeatedly led to new questions, which has always required new discussions and has cost time.
On Wednesday it became known that the results of 44,000 tests, most of which had been taken by holidaymakers at the mobile test centers at motorway service stations, had not yet reached those affected. The news had triggered a political earthquake because those infected could infect thousands more people without knowing it. The government had attributed the problems to a lack of software and an unexpectedly large number of volunteers who took the tests. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) had canceled a visit to the North Sea planned for Thursday and Friday.
At the moment, travelers returning from risk areas can be tested free of charge. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) defended this regulation again. In the ARD “Tagesthemen” he said on Saturday that tests that cost something, some travelers may try to avoid. But the tests should be taken. “That protects us and that protects others.” Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller called for those returning from risk areas to contribute to the costs. The FDP interior expert Konstantin Kuhle also contradicted the minister. “Anyone who is still traveling to Mallorca or other risk areas should have to pay for their corona test themselves,” said Kuhle of “Bild am Sonntag”.
A spokesman for the North Rhine-Westphalian health ministry told the “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” (Monday) that the ministry had repeatedly made it clear “that those who travel to a risk area must also know what they are doing there and learn about the consequences must be aware. In the long run, the costs for the tests must not be left to the solidarity community alone “.
The number of new infections reported in Germany remains high. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported significantly fewer new infections early on Sunday morning than on the two days before. This was to be expected, however, because not all health authorities transmit data over the weekend. The health authorities in Germany had recently sent the RKI 625 new corona infections within 24 hours. On Friday and Saturday, the RKI reported more than 1,400 new infections within 24 hours.
The President of the German Medical Association, Klaus Reinhardt, meanwhile spoke out in favor of Germany-wide test centers. “In order to avoid overburdening the resident doctors, the tests should be organized better and more uniformly,” Reinhardt told the “Rheinische Post” (Saturday). Also with a view to the seasonal infections to be expected in autumn, the corona tests would have to be separated from the standard care.
Bavaria is already planning nationwide corona test centers shortly. Such centers are to be set up in every district and in every independent city, as the Bavarian cabinet had decided last week. There are test centers all over Germany, including at airports and train stations.
As in Bavaria, there are delays in the transmission of the results of the corona tests in Rhineland-Palatinate – for example in Trier. It is difficult to publish all negative results promptly, said the head of the health department for Trier and Trier-Saarburg, Harald Michels, the German press agency. That is also because everything is done with paper. All positive cases were informed immediately – “we are very close to the people,” said Michels. “It’s not like in Bavaria here. We just don’t manage to publish the negative results promptly.” / Dm / DP / stk