Start for compulsory corona test upon entry open for the time being

Dhe seven-day incidence of coronavirus has been rising for three weeks. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) this Wednesday morning, it is now 15.0 nationwide. The previous day the value was 14.5, at the latest low on July 6, it was 4.9. Meanwhile, the federal government initially left the planned general corona test obligation open for vacationers when they return to Germany. The deputy spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer did not give a date and pointed out that internal coordination was still ongoing.

Regulations for return travelers are also on the list of topics of the corona deliberations of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) with the prime ministers of the federal states on August 10, she said. What can be clarified beforehand will of course be clarified. The rule is: “The faster, the better.”

Söder had put pressure on

Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) strive for a negative test to be necessary in the future – regardless of where and with which means of transport you come. A general test obligation upon entry already exists for all flight passengers. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) said on Tuesday evening in the ARD that the federal government had promised that it would try everything by August 1 to introduce a uniform test requirement, “not only for air travel, but also, for example, for everything on normal car route or train route “.

A video conference between the state ministers and the Federal Chancellor is scheduled for August 10. The future strategy in the pandemic is being discussed. Recently, there were debates about more freedom for vaccinated people and new benchmarks for assessing the pandemic situation.

In the discussion, RKI boss Lothar Wieler continued to speak out in favor of incidence as the “leading indicator”. This emerges from a paper that Wieler presented on Monday at a switching conference with the heads of the state chancelleries of the federal states. The paper is available to several media and the German Press Agency. With this, Wieler contradicts Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), who stated a few weeks ago that the incidence value is becoming less informative.

Regarding the current situation, the paper says that the incidences have been rising again for around three weeks, the proportion of hospitalizations for around two weeks. “The fourth wave has begun.” High vaccination rates alone are not enough to keep the fourth wave flat, they say. Additional “basic protection measures” are necessary in order to reduce the fourth wave so that the number of patients in hospitals does not become too high. The paper mentions a reduction in contacts and a reduction in mobility as measures.

According to information from the Bild newspaper, the country representatives largely disagreed with Wieler’s adherence to the low-incidence strategy. Participants were against continuing to consider incidence as the most important measure of action.

The incidence has so far been the basis for many corona restrictions in the pandemic, for example as part of the federal emergency brake that expired at the end of June. In the future, other values ​​such as hospital admissions are likely to be taken more into account.

According to the RKI from Wednesday morning, the health authorities in Germany last reported 2768 new corona infections within one day. A week ago the value was 2203 infections.

According to the new information, 21 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 19 dead. The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with the Sars-CoV-2 virus rose to 91,586.

The RKI has counted 3,761,169 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not recognized. The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at 3,649,100.


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