In the discussion about the mandatory testing of returning travelers for the corona virus, Helge Braun argues for a “stronger liability”. The CDU politician is very concerned about the “diffuse infection”. The health ministers from Bavaria and Berlin are even clearer.

In view of the rising number of corona infections in some holiday areas, Chancellor Minister Helge Braun is open to a test obligation for returning travelers. The previous testing of returnees on a voluntary basis has limits, said the CDU minister in the RBB. Most of the time it is “the caring people, who behaved very carefully on vacation anyway, who take advantage of voluntary offers,” he said. Those who are “rather carefree” then do not take the voluntary test.

That is why he thinks it is right to ensure a “stronger commitment” in the corona tests for travelers returning. In the past few days, it has been shown that “the diffuse infection process – here, returning travelers, because of a festivity – is increasing significantly”. That worries him. This small-scale infection is very difficult to control.

Bavaria’s Minister of Health Melanie Huml from the CSU also spoke in favor of mandatory tests. In her opinion, this was “necessary” especially with regard to travelers from so-called risk areas, said Huml on ZDF. The federal government is currently examining the possibility of introduction.

Berlin’s Senator for Health Dilek Kalayci from the SPD also referred to the ongoing legal review by the federal government. During the deliberations of health ministers last week, a majority of the countries took the position that compulsory tests were “legally difficult”, said Kalayci in “Morgenmagazin”. She is currently the chair of the Health Ministers’ Conference.

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn announced at the weekend that he would have a test obligation for returning travelers checked. The CDU politician also referred to the high legal hurdles for such a measure.

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