Health Minister Mückstein favors comeback of living room tests

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Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens) is “of course” in favor of a comeback of living room testing if further increases in coronavirus case numbers overload the system.

He expects a recommendation on this from the advisory panel of the all-state Covid Crisis Coordination Office (GECKO). A decision could come as early as this week.

The commission is currently deliberating on the testing strategy going forward. “We are now at the beginning of the fifth wave and have a very well-developed testing system. An immediate adjustment to the testing strategy is being discussed in GECKO right now. This has to do with resources, we expect the results this week,” Mückstein said at a press briefing yesterday.

“Getting reliable, low-threshold testing”
Mückstein then referred in the evening on ORF’s “Report” to the fact that if the number of cases continues to rise in the direction of 25,000 new infections daily and more, no (PCR) test system in the world can manage that: “If that occurs, I am of course in favor of us resorting to living room tests.”

“In any case, we must ensure that everyone who wants to go to work in Austria must be given a reliable and low-threshold test,” he had already said on the sidelines of a press conference during the day. “Whether living room tests will be included in the testing regime again, I expect an answer from GECKO this week.”

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