The delay in the transmission of the results of 44,000 COVID-19 tests carried out on the motorways of entry to Germany through Bavaria, of which 900 tested positive, have questioned the authorities of that German ‘land’ and unleashed the alarm for the possible infections that may arise.
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The Prime Minister of Bavaria, Markus Söder, and his Minister of Health, Melanie Huml, committed to a “quick” solution to the jam generated in the transmission of data to those affected, who days after returning from vacation are still awaiting their results. Efforts are now focused on communicating as soon as possible with those affected and tracing their contacts, Huml said.
“A serious error has occurred in the implementation of the tests, not in our strategy,” admitted Söder, who announced that the resources and personnel assigned to this task will be reinforced. Huml will remain in office, despite having offered – “twice”, according to Söder – his resignation, amid the scandal generated by the case.
The “jam” in the transmission of results jumped last night. Söder immediately canceled a visit to the north of the country to take charge of the matter. Bavaria, with 52,436 infections verified since the beginning of the pandemic, is the second German ‘land’ in the number of infected after North Rhine-Westphalia.
The issue complicates Söder, who was seen as a potential successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel at the head of the conservative German bloc for his so-far successful management of the crisis.
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Bavaria was one of the first federal states to offer free tests to travelers returning from their holidays abroad. The tests are carried out at airports, railway stations, or highways, as well as health centers.
Since last Saturday these tests are mandatory for those who come from risk regions, among which are five Spanish autonomous communities -Catalonia, Aragon, Navarra, the Basque Country, and Madrid-, as well as regions of Belgium, Bulgaria, and Romania, in addition to Luxembourg, as far as the European Union (EU) is concerned.
Second controversy in two days
The failures in the 44,000 tests continue to the uproar caused yesterday by a report from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), competent in the matter in Germany, which had to be withdrawn a few hours after its publication because it was out of date.
RKI sources retracted the information posted on their website, in which it was stated that a vaccine against COVID-19 was “possible” next fall. The rectification explained that the report was not updated and that “it cannot be foreseen” that the vaccine will exist in the coming months.
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All this occurs at a time of alert in Germany due to the continued increase in infections. In the last 24, 1,445 new infections were verified, the highest number since May and after last week the 1,000 daily cases were exceeded for the first time since that month.
The total number of accumulated infections in Germany thus stands at 219,964 and the death toll rises to 9,211. Some 199,500 people are listed as healed. The peak of infections was registered in early April, with more than 6,000 daily infections.