Lauterbach: It’s better to test before meeting at Christmas

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) calls on people to corona tests and celebrations only in a small circle at Christmas. Although the holidays are not a particular epidemic challenge, Lauterbach said on Wednesday in Berlin. But everyone would have to take care of each other on Christmas days. Particular caution is required at festive gatherings. “I advise everyone to test themselves beforehand.” It is preferable to do several tests in a row. “Small groups are better than large groups,” emphasized Lauterbach.

Lauterbach confirmed that the fifth corona wave could no longer be prevented with the highly contagious Omicron variant. But he was optimistic that the feared drastic development of the wave could be averted. “I’m confident of that.” The chairman of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), Andreas Gassen, also sees a good chance that the infection and sickness curves will not take the form of a wall./bw/mfi/ggr/jr/DP/nas

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