Compulsory corona tests in Berlin schools should remain at least until Pentecost

Senate administration wants to extend deadline

Compulsory corona tests in Berlin schools should remain at least until Pentecost

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Audio: rbb 88.8 | 05/03/2022 | Sebastien Schoebel | Picture: dpa/Christoph Soeder

The mask requirement in Berlin schools has decreased, but unlike nurseries, the corona test requirement is being met for the time being. The RBB found out on Monday evening. The only thing that will change is the frequency of testing.

In schools in Berlin there should be a compulsory test for the corona virus at least until Pentecost. This was confirmed to rbb by several members of the Hygiene Advisory Board and Education Administration on Monday evening.

According to this, from May 9 to June 7, tests should be carried out twice a week instead of three times a week as before. Additionally, students must obtain a third test to take home for another voluntary test.

Senate administration to extend mandatory testing

It is not known whether the tests will continue to be compulsory after Pentecost, that is to say from June 8. Asked by rbb, the Hygiene Advisory Council, which advises the Senate on pandemic issues, said that was not to be expected. The reason is the drop in the number of infections, he said.

In all likelihood, the Senate will therefore remove mandatory testing in schools from the current Corona Ordinance. The extension of the measure would then have to be ordered by the Senate Department of Education.

Unlike at school, the obligation to take the test in nurseries will be lifted from May 9.

In Brandenburg, the obligation to test in schools and nurseries ended on Monday.

Gote and Larscheid are open at the end of the mandatory tests

Health Senator Ulrike Gote (Greens) was open to the imminent end of mandatory testing in Berlin schools during the health committee last week.

Reinickendorf’s chief medical officer Patrick Larscheid has also spoken out in favor of ending compulsory testing in schools. In the context of the national corona strategy, this is “consistent” because testing in adults is no longer considered relevant, he said last week on rbb24 Inforadio. However, the reason given is that the number of infections is now low enough to relax testing requirements. According to Larscheid, this is not understandable in terms of content. “Because the number of diseases, as we have them now, is many times higher than we have ever had.”

Political education spokeswoman for the left, Franziska Brychcy, was skeptical. A waiver of the test obligation cannot be justified on the basis of the lack of current data due to the holidays. The state’s Parents Committee also wants to wait until science and doctors are clear on the status of the infection before it is lifted.

Senate wants to shorten corona isolation period

In the meantime, at its meeting on Tuesday, the Senate wants to decide not only on the basic corona protection regulations but also on a possible reduction in isolation. It is expected that those infected will only have to self-isolate for five days if they have no symptoms for 48 hours and can test negative. So far, seven to ten days of isolation have been prescribed based on various criteria.

The Senate already had the subject on its agenda a week ago, but postponed it again due to open questions. More recently, federal and state health ministers again talked about shortening the timeline and agreed in principle. As justification, after their switch conference last Thursday, they referred to growing immunity in the population and milder corona courses with the omicron variant.

Broadcast: rbb24 evening show, May 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

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