10-day quarantine for K1 people falls. What the new testing regime will look like
2.3 billion euros were spent in 2020/2021 for the free Corona tests on the part of the state. Remarkably about this, the cost of the vaccines, which the Ministry of Finance puts at 340 million euros. The Federal government has announced an end to the testing strategy in April.
ÖVP Finance Minister Magnus Brunner can no longer imagine “free Corona tests for everyone at any time.” As he let it be known over the weekend, Health Minister Johannes Rauch wants to keep the free tests limited to their number.
After a week in office, Rauch says it feels like “two months” to him. He says the pandemic is not a sprint but “a marathon. It’s a matter of having staying power.” He says it’s a matter of regaining lost trust in politics and pandemic management.
“I realize that as the third health minister in the pandemic, I don’t have any advance confidence.”
Based on the “excellent testing system,” Rauch now announces the new testing parameters in Austria. In total, more than three billion euros have been spent on testing. There will continue to be sufficient free testing for everyone, Rauch said.
Starting April 1, there will be five free PCR tests and five free antigen tests per month. In addition, there will be increased wastewater monitoring, the health minister said.
“Traffic restrictions” instead of 10-day quarantine
Those who are not fully protected and have had contact with an infected person will be allowed to go to work, go outdoors – and do so wearing a mask. However, this group of people is not permitted to attend events or visit restaurants.
Johannes Rauch is not thinking about reintroducing the mask requirement. According to experts, the infection situation is high, with an overload of the bed capacity is not to be expected nevertheless, refers the health minister.
“I think we have found a good compromise,” Rauch said. “Everyone who needs it can get tested. The operational details will be worked out to the letter with the states.” Rauch has spoken with “almost all the state governors,” he said.
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