RIce returners from Corona risk areas will have to be tested for the virus in the future. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn wants to order a corresponding duty, as he said on Monday to the German Press Agency in Berlin. “We have to prevent returning travelers from infecting others unnoticed and thus triggering new chains of infection,” said the CDU politician. The tests should be free of charge for travelers. The Federal Government called on citizens to act responsibly, especially on vacation, in order to reduce the recently increased number of infections.
Spahn announced the plans to his counterparts from the federal states in a switching conference. The basis of the test obligation is therefore a regulation of the Infection Protection Act. It refers to an epidemic situation of national importance that the Bundestag had determined for Corona. The corresponding regulation is expected to enter into force next week.
Chancellor Minister Helge Braun in Berlin was concerned about the significant increase in the number of infections in Germany. At the end of summer time, one should have a “low level of infections” if possible, so that the pandemic can come through well in autumn and winter, the CDU politician said on Monday – half a year after the confirmed first infection in Germany.
“From what we have seen in the past few days, sometimes with more than 800 cases a day, we have to get back into a situation where we are well below 500,” emphasized Braun. “Then we have good starting conditions to master the pandemic in the fall.” Otherwise, it would be more difficult.
Söder urges more caution
There is currently a large infection focus in Germany on a vegetable farm in Mamming in Lower Bavaria with more than 170 positive harvest helpers. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) urged adherence to the rules in the fight against the pandemic. More caution should also be exercised when returning to the family, family celebrations and partiers. The CSU boss also called for mandatory tests for returnees from high-risk areas.
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Chancellor Braun said, in addition to the problems in the meat processing industry or with seasonal workers, there are many smaller outbreaks of corona, triggered in the family environment, by leisure activities or by returning travelers. Those who do not adhere to the general rules of contact and distance in their leisure time or when traveling do not only risk their own health. It is also about the risk of spreading the virus. “And that is why such behavior is directed against the common good.”
Braun pointed out that there is already an obligation for returnees from corona risk countries to quarantine for two weeks or to submit a negative test result. This applies not only to air travelers, but “no matter which way you come back to Germany from a risk area”.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and the department heads of the federal states initially only decided on Friday that all travelers from risky areas can have themselves tested for the virus free of charge when they return – but they don’t have to. This is now changing.
Previously, CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt had emphasized on Sunday evening in the picture talk “The right questions”: “If it is not legally possible, then you have to create the appropriate right that it can be done.” He also advocated, in addition to risk areas, smaller-scale ” Hazard regions ”for which appropriate measures should also be taken.
Legal scientist considers mandatory tests to be permissible
Prime Minister Söder said on Monday that the federal government had to create the legal framework for tests. Bavaria is preparing everything to be able to start immediately. The state is setting up voluntary test stations at three motorway border crossings to Austria and at the main train stations in Munich and Nuremberg. At the airports of these two cities, travelers have been able to get a free trial since the weekend. At the largest German airport in Frankfurt, this option does not yet exist. The operator Fraport referred on Monday to unanswered questions about sponsorship and assumption of costs.
According to the lawyer Thorsten Kingreen from the University of Regensburg, the planned mandatory corona tests are constitutionally permissible. Although a test is an interference with the right to physical integrity, he said. “The goal of infection control is legitimate and the intervention reasonable.”
Kingreen also considers it permissible to pass on the costs to those affected, such as those demanded by FDP chief Christian Lindner. “At least vacation trips are voluntary, and if the state pays the costs, everyone ends up participating as taxpayers – even those who can’t afford a vacation right now.”