Berlin: Free corona tests for all are possible

Berlin: Free corona tests for all are possible

Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller stated, that free corona tests for everyone are possible - at least in the medium term.

Michael Müller (SPD)

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Michael Müller (SPD), governing mayor of Berlin.

"It works. And I believe that we will also be following this Bavarian path very soon," said the SPD politician on Monday evening (29 June 2020) in an interview with ntv. He referred to the Senate's step-by-step approach, stating that initially the tests that had been started would be expanded during the summer months for employees at day-care centres and schools. "And then other areas will follow," said Müller. "When one federal state starts and other federal states have a test strategy as we have, then it will be a wave. And the tests will become cheaper, they will become easier, and it will be completely unproblematic for many people to be tested anyway.

Bavaria wants to have tests done even without symptoms

Bavaria's Health Minister Melanie Huml (CSU) announced on Sunday that soon everyone in Bavaria will be able to be tested for the coronavirus - even without symptoms. The state wants to cover the costs, unless the health insurance companies step in. Berlin's health senator Dilek Kalayci (SPD) had made it clear on Monday in the health committee of the House of Representatives that she does not see free testing for everyone in the capital for the time being. "We want to do more testing in Berlin", she said. "But we also want to do more targeted testing".

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| Last edited: Thursday, 2. July 2020 08:18 Uhr

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