The mandatory PCR tests will no longer apply in schools from June. Should cases arise in a classroom, antigen testing may still be performed. This step is in line with the other steps taken by the federal government, emphasizes Education Minister Martin Polaschek (ÖVP). “Today the last measure in the school can be lifted”.
The omission is justified by the fact that the number of positive corona tests has fallen further in recent weeks. Whether PCR tests will be done again at the start of school in the autumn – for example to identify infectious travelers who return – depends on the corona situation. “We are prepared for the fall. The schools will be prepared for all scenarios,” said Polaschek.
Number of infections is decreasing
Since Easter, PCR testing has been mandatory in schools only once a week. Recently, there has been a slight drop in the number of infections – some 1,350 tests were carried out the week before.
The PCR tests at school will still take place regularly in the coming week, but not in the week after Pentecost.
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