In reality, the free rapid corona tests at test centers across the country would have ended in a few days. Because the corresponding testing regulations, which is the basis for the operation of the centers, ends at the end of March. But in view of the recent rise in the number of infections, the federal government now wants to extend the deadline: According to information from Business Insider, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Finance have agreed to guarantee funding for the much-called citizen tests. the federal government for two more months at the moment.
The rapid corona tests have so far cost the state 10.7 billion euros.
Almost two weeks ago, the Federal Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach (SPD), spoke in favor of citizen tests “continuing to be offered” in his weekly press conference with the director of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler. . But for how long it depended mainly on the Ministry of Finance. There they were skeptical of the report after an extension too long. Meanwhile, a four-week extension to the end of April was also being discussed. Because the offer is not exactly cheap. Since they were first introduced last spring, citizen tests have already cost the state €10.7 billion.