Health ministers want corona tests at airports
In future, travellers from so-called risk areas abroad will be tested for the coronavirus immediately after their return to Germany. To this end, test stations are to be set up at airports.
According to information from the chairing state of Berlin, the Conference of Federal and State Health Ministers agreed on this line at a online conference on Wednesday (22 July 2020) without first making a formal decision. On Friday, the ministers want to meet again to discuss further details on how to deal with returnees and to decide on an overall package. Financing issues are likely to play a role in this. The tests are to be mandatory.
Until now, people returning from countries severely affected by the coronavirus have had to spend 14 days in domestic quarantine in Germany. It is questionable, however, whether they actually always do this and report to the responsible health authorities. That is why the politicians want to make adjustments here. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, the switch was not only about the question of whether and how returnees from risk areas are tested. The topic was also "how to better enforce quarantine requirements".
The German airports still see open questions with regard to the planned corona tests. "In any case, the following applies: if the health authorities order a quick test - of whatever kind - it would have to be carried out by the authorities," explained the German Airports Association. Airport employees are not authorized to check passengers for their health status. "It must also then be determined how to deal with passengers who have been tested positive".
Worldwide, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) currently classifies the majority of states as corona risk areas. This applies, for example, to the USA, Russia and Brazil. On the other hand, there is no quarantine obligation for travellers from almost all EU countries - the exception is Luxembourg - and some other European countries such as Switzerland. Many Germans are currently on holiday in Spain, France, Italy or Greece - countries that are not classified as risk areas. Nevertheless, there may be an increased risk of infection with Sars-CoV-2. Recently, unrestrained parties of holidaymakers without masks and distance had made the headlines on Mallorca and also scared the politicians.
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Last edited: Thursday, 23. July 2020 08:41 Uhr