A red warning message on the app is therefore no longer sufficient to receive a free PCR test. According to the Ministry of Health, those affected should first do a rapid antigen test. The aim is to relieve the laboratories. Patients at risk, people in vulnerable areas (care, integration assistance, home care) and in medical areas (practices, hospitals, care, emergency services) will in future be given preference when diagnosing and evaluating the PCR tests. However, they too must first have a positive antigen rapid test.
Free testing with an antigen rapid test
In order to further reduce the need for PCR tests, a monitored rapid test should also be sufficient in the future to “test” yourself prematurely from isolation as an infected person or from quarantine as a contact person of infected people. The amended test regulation, which regulates the assumption of costs for the tests, now comes into force. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, PCR tests should be concentrated on cases in which a positive test result can be assumed. The aim is to use the test capacities even more specifically than before due to the current sharp increase in the number of infections.