From Wednesday, an exit test will initially apply for two weeks in North Tyrol and the Kufstein district. The reason for this is the occurrence of the virus mutation first detected in Great Britain “with further mutation features” in the Kufstein district, as the state of Tyrol announced on Sunday. East Tyrol is exempt from the obligation to test.
Due to the occurrence of the British coronavirus mutation with other mutation features (B.1.1.7 with E484K addition), an exit test for the Kufstein district will initially apply from 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday for two weeks. The state said that “at the request of the Ministry of Health”, an exit test from the state of Tyrol would apply analogously. This is a precautionary measure. East Tyrol is exempt from this test.
British virus mutation is spreading
As in all of Austria, the British virus variant is currently gaining ground in Tyrol. “In currently 216 cases, positive samples of this British variant show further mutation features, the so-called E484K addition. According to AGES (Agency for Health and Food Safety, note), this special form has only appeared sporadically in other parts of Austria in the past, ”said a broadcast from the country on Sunday. There are 103 such cases in the Schwaz district, 54 cases are known in the Kufstein district to date. A person with this virus variant needs intensive medical care in Tyrol.
“We are monitoring the situation very closely and as a precaution we are applying particularly strict standards in order to contain this type of coronavirus as best as possible. That is why we are now also implementing the mandatory exit test for the Kufstein district and for North Tyrol “, says the head of the Coronavirus task force Elmar Rizzoli.
Mask compulsory at selected locations in Kufstein
In Kufstein, as in North Tyrol, the mandatory exit test applies from midnight on Wednesday for two weeks. “The test obligation is based on a regulation of the responsible health authority BH Kufstein, the district administration has already taken all the preparatory measures,” said the state. The test capacities in the Kufstein district, for example with PCR gargle tests, are to be expanded by Wednesday, it said. The health authority also decreed an FFP2 mask requirement in selected public places in the Kufstein district.