Baden-Württemberg against nationwide corona tests

The state of Baden-Württemberg rejects Bavaria's initiative to offer and finance corona tests for all citizens.

"The overwhelming majority of all well-known epidemiologists and health experts think nothing of comprehensive testing in the blue, but advocate targeted and clever testing of certain groups of people and in the context of local or regional outbreaks," said a spokeswoman for health minister Manfred Lucha (Greens) “Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland” (Tuesday edition). "So far, there has been a consensus between the Federal Minister of Health and all health ministers of the federal states."

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Health announced another vote by all state ministries on Monday regarding the issue of non-existent testing. "The health ministers will deal with the topic again in a further switching conference today," the spokeswoman told the RND. Lucha was critical of Bavaria's approach: "A comprehensive test of all citizens can easily turn out to be a bogus package," said the spokeswoman. Each test series is “always just a tiny snapshot and therefore has no sustainable benefit”. Anyone who got infected and was tested two days ago is very likely to get a negative result and may then be weighing in false security, she said. Lucha therefore plans to present an “extended test strategy for Baden-Württemberg” in the cabinet meeting of the state government and then to the public on Tuesday. Bavaria had previously announced that it would be the first federal state to enable corona tests for all citizens - if desired, for people without symptoms and without a particularly high risk of infection. For this, the state will assume the costs that are not covered by the health insurance, said Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU). Söder had rejected criticism from Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) that many corona tests would not be effective without a systematic procedure, and at the same time called on other federal states to increase the test capacities.

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