Munich (dpa / lby) – On the first day after the introduction of mandatory corona tests for returnees from risk areas, several thousand people in Bavaria have already been tested. At Munich airport alone, 29 planes from risk areas with around 1,850 passengers landed in the afternoon, a spokesperson said. Another machine from Kosovo was still waiting.
The first flights arrived around 6:50 a.m. “People returning from the trip voluntarily allowed themselves to be tested and also wanted to do so. Some had certificates with test results with them,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health said. It went well and without any problems.
The tests, which take only a few minutes for the individual, are carried out at two test stations in Terminals 1 and 2 by a private provider on behalf of the State Health Office. In Terminal 2, where most planes in risk areas land, passengers receive their luggage and are then tested immediately, the airport spokesperson said.
On the other hand, the tests at the border posts of Passau, Kiefersfelden and Rosenheim as well as at the stations of Munich and Nuremberg are carried out by volunteers from the Bavarian Red Cross, the Malteser Aid Service and other humanitarian organizations. 180 to 250 volunteers are on duty every day, said a spokesperson for BRK. On the only A3 motorway in the Danube Valley, near Passau, more than 2,400 tests were carried out on Saturday afternoon.
Aids had to be changed every half hour as they worked in full protective suits. They are then exhausted and sweaty, “like in a ski suit and under the blazing sun”.
The mission could not continue on a voluntary basis. The work will have to be handed over to professional service providers next week, the Red Cross spokesperson said. Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) and BRK Chairman Theo Zellner want to visit the assistants at the Hochfelln-Nord test station on the motorway near Rosenheim on Sunday from 3 p.m.