COVID-19: Germany will offer free tests to travelers back in the country

COVID-19: l’Allemagne proposera des tests gratuits aux voyageurs de retour dans le pays

Frankfurt | Germany will offer free tests of COVID-19 the travelers back in the country and will establish screening centres at airports for people from at-risk areas, were decided on Friday, the regional ministers of health.

A bond test is still being studied, but the people who have stayed in an area at risk, 130 countries at present, should insulate 14 days, or until obtaining a negative result, said Dilek Kalayci, minister of Health of Berlin.

Travellers from other countries will be able to get tested free of charge in centres, other than at the airport.

While Germany is so far one of the most spared in Europe by the new coronavirus, officials fear a second wave to be imported by holidaymakers returning from leave.

The eyes are especially today to the beaches of the mediterranean, loved by millions of Germans who go there every summer, especially in Mallorca.

Young Germans, for example, have been seen partying without the slightest sanitary precautions.

“We consider that there is a high risk of import channels of infection,” noted Ms. Kalayci at the end of a conference call with his counterparts in the other Länder.

“This is why we have decided that returning travelers from countries at risk are encouraged to get tested” and “testing centres will be set up in the airports”, she continued.

“Travelers coming in from countries that are not in high-risk areas will be tested” and all of these screenings will be free, she added.

The legal feasibility of a duty to test “must be investigated”, has detailed the minister in berlin.

Among the 130 at-risk areas identified by the Robert Koch institute, the federal authority of epidemiology and health monitoring, are currently the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Israel and Russia.

In mid-July, Germany has strengthened its arsenal to prepare for the appearance of a peak of contamination and includes measures of containment hardened, but very localized.

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