New coronavirus regulation: Lauterbach offers €3 citizen test – Wikipedia

There should be no free coronavirus tests for all citizens in the future. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) said at a press conference on Friday: “Citizens’ tests should be used in a purposeful way where they bring the greatest benefit.”

Citizens should still be able to get tested before going to a concert, a larger family celebration, visiting the elderly, or if the coronavirus warning app indicates an increased risk. However, according to Lauterbach, they then have to pay three euros for each express test. The federal government will cover the rest of the costs.

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According to Lauterbach, testing will be free from July for vulnerable groups, including children up to five years old, women in early pregnancy, and visitors to clinics and nursing homes. This saves billions. More was not possible in the case of a strained budget. The SPD politician said he would have liked to continue the free citizen tests for all.

The new concept now calls for 2.7 billion euros to be spent by the end of the year If fully acquired, it is expected to amount to five billion euros.

The number of corona infections is currently rising sharply again. Virologist Christian Drosten expects an increase in the number of new cases of corona after the summer holidays in Germany. I hope the school holidays will slow the increase in the number of cases. “But as of September, I’m afraid we have too many cases,” said the head of the Berlin Charité virology department in an interview with SPIEGEL. If nothing is done, there will be “many sickness absences” in working life.

“We are already seeing a massive increase in the number of cases again,” Drosten warned. “The BA.5 variant is highly transmissible, and at the same time people lose protection from transmission from their last vaccination.” very high. “Unfortunately, that will be the case for us as well. In general, however, the number of people who will become seriously ill and die is much lower than in 2021.”

On Friday morning, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the seven-day infection rate nationwide at 618.2. The day before, the number of new infections per 100,000 residents per week was 532.9. Germany’s health authorities recently reported 108,190 new coronavirus infections and 90 deaths within one day to RKI.

However, the infection does not provide a complete picture of the infection status. Experts have been hypothesizing for some time that there will be a large number of cases not recorded by the RKI – mainly because PCR testing has not been done for all infected people. Only positive PCR tests are counted in the statistics. In addition, late registration or transmission problems can distort individual daily values.

Fall vaccination campaign

A new vaccination campaign is scheduled to be launched in the fall. According to Lauterbach, it is already being exchanged with vaccine manufacturers.

According to Lauterbach, a successful vaccination campaign before winter should reach 40 million people. “A vaccination campaign with up to 40 million people vaccinated before winter would be ideal,” Lauterbach wrote on Twitter Friday evening, echoing the statements of virologist Christian Drosten. Lauterbach added: “In winter we must be well prepared or else chaos will occur.”

“We should be able to vaccinate up to 40 million people again before winter or provide them with a booster vaccine,” Drosten said. “It would really make a difference.”

Drosten stressed the importance of using the funds available so far in the fight against the Corona pandemic. Elderly people should be vaccinated four times. “We also have to make full use of the framework in place in Germany to vaccinate children, which is far from reality. All others should be vaccinated at least three times and, if desired, four times.”

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