Spahn speaks to traffic light parties about the possible reintroduction of the free corona citizen tests



The acting Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) is advising the parties of the prospective traffic light coalition about the reintroduction of the free corona citizen tests.

Berlin – The acting Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) is advising the parties of the prospective traffic light coalition about the reintroduction of the free Corona citizen tests. A ministry spokesman said on Monday in Berlin. The decision by the federal and state governments in August to end the free tests from October was correct at the time. Since then, there has been an increase in primary vaccinations, said the spokesman.

“The minister also sees it that it is just as correct to temporarily reintroduce them in this fourth wave and he is in a constructive exchange with the traffic light coalitioners on a possible restart of the free citizen tests.”

The topic is discussed against the background of the rapidly increasing number of infections. Free rapid tests have only been available in exceptional cases since October 11, for example for people who cannot be vaccinated, including children under the age of 12, as well as temporarily for 12 to 17 year olds and pregnant women.

The managing Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is also open to the reintroduction of free tests for everyone, as her spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday. There is a lot of testing to be done. If you know about as many infections as possible and keep the number of unreported cases as low as possible, that gives more security in the medium term. That is why Merkel supports such considerations in a positive way. (dpa)


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