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Christmas rescue? Austria starts corona mass tests


The Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (34) wants corona tests for the whole country. The capital Vienna, with 1.9 million inhabitants, will conduct a mass test between December 2nd and 13th. Tyrol and Vorarlberg with a total of around 1.1 million inhabitants will carry out the large-scale test campaign from December 4th to 6th. With the exception of Styria, the rest of the nine federal states have also set their schedule.

With the mass tests, Kurz wants to cushion the cautious lockdown opening from December 7th. In addition, Christmas should be saved as much as possible. Examples for the campaign are Italian South Tyrol or Slovakia, where mass tests were also recently carried out. It is important to note that mass tests are not a panacea, but rather provide a snapshot, says Kurz. “They are not the only solution that does not exist, but they are a good chance of localizing infections in the population and preventing further infections.” The aim is to find as many undiscovered infected people as possible among the 8.9 million inhabitants of Austria in good time before family reunions at Christmas.

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