The mandatory crown test in Berlin schools should remain at least until Pentecost

The Senate administration wants to extend the deadline

The mandatory crown test in Berlin schools should remain at least until Pentecost

dpa / Christoph Soeder

Audio: 88.8 rbb | 05/03/2022 | Sebastian Schoebel | Photo: dpa / Christoph Soeder

The mask requirement in Berlin schools has decreased, but unlike in kindergartens, the crown test requirement is met for the time being. The rbb found out on Monday evening. The only thing that will change is the frequency of the tests.

In Berlin schools there should be a mandatory 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 done twice a week instead of three times a week as before. Additionally, students should get a third test to take home for another voluntary test.

The Senate administration will extend the mandatory tests

It is unclear whether the tests will continue to be mandatory after Pentecost, that is, from June 8. Asked by rbb, the Hygiene Advisory Board, which advises the Senate on issues related to the pandemic, said it was not to be expected. The reason for this is the declining number of infections, he said.

In all likelihood, the Senate will then remove mandatory school testing from the current Corona Ordinance. The extension of the provision should then be ordered by the Education Department of the Senate.

Unlike schools, the obligation to take the test in nursery schools will be lifted from 9 May.

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

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

Health Senator Ulrike Gote (Verdi) was open to the imminent end of mandatory Berlin school testing in the Health Committee last week.

Reinickendorf medical officer Patrick Larscheid also spoke out in favor of ending mandatory school testing. Against the backdrop of the national crown strategy, this is “consistent” because adult testing 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 ease 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.”

The left’s spokesperson for education policy, Franziska Brychcy, was skeptical. A derogation from the obligation to prove cannot be justified on the basis of the lack of up-to-date data due to holidays. The State Parents Committee also wants to wait until there is a green light from science and doctors about the situation of the infection.

The Senate wants to shorten the period of isolation of the crown

Meanwhile, in the meeting on Tuesday, the Senate wants to decide not only the basic regulation on crown protection, but also a possible reduction in isolation. Infected people are expected to have to isolate themselves for five days only if they are asymptomatic for 48 hours and can show a negative test. So far seven to ten days of solitary confinement have been prescribed based on various criteria.

The Senate already had the topic on the agenda a week ago, but has again postponed it for open issues. Recently, the ministers of health of the federal and state governments had talked again about shortening the terms and basically agreed. As a justification, after last Thursday’s exchange conference, they referred to the increased immunity in the population and the milder corona courses with the omcron variant.

Broadcast: rbb24 evening show, May 2, 2022, 7:30 pm

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