Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - After an open dispute over the corona test strategy, Minister of Education Susanne Eisenmann (CDU) and Minister of Health Manne Lucha (Greens) initially agreed to expand tests at daycare centers and primary schools.

"The staff at educational and care facilities in attendance should initially receive an offer of two rapid tests per week by Easter," said a joint message from the two ministries on Friday in Stuttgart.

According to the previous decision, teachers would have had the opportunity to be tested three times by Easter.

The increase in the number of tests is intended to accompany the opening of daycare centers and primary schools after the carnival holidays on February 22nd, if the number of infections allows a relaxation.

A spokeswoman for Lucha explained that the mass tests, for example for police officers, bus drivers and supermarket cashiers, that were also brought up by CDU top candidate Eisenmann were not part of the concept.

That must be discussed with the other responsible ministries in the cabinet.


The communication states that the two ministers had agreed in a “constructive and goal-oriented discussion” that the staff at special needs education and advice centers, elementary schools, daycare centers and day care workers who work on-site should initially be up to can be tested twice a week during the Easter holidays by means of PoC tests (rapid antigen tests) as before, without any reason. "

This also applies to teachers in secondary schools who teach classrooms in person or who provide emergency care.

Teachers should decide for themselves when they should be tested.

"The test offer can be used via the existing structures at doctors and pharmacies," it continues.

The Ministry of Health wants to talk to doctors and pharmacy representatives about how enough testing opportunities can be ensured until the end of the carnival holidays.

After Easter it should be checked how the test offer is going.

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