Survey: Majority would still like free corona tests

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Rapid tests in a test center. Photo: Peter Kneffel/dpa

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Until the end of June, all citizens without a reason or symptoms are still entitled to at least one rapid test per week. It is still unclear what will happen after that. What the majority wants, yes.

A majority of the German population is in favor of continuing to offer the Corona citizen tests free of charge to everyone.

According to a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov, 50 percent of Germans reject the idea that from July 1st only patients with symptoms of illness and selected groups of people, for example in the health sector, will be entitled to free tests. 38 percent support this, the rest made no statement, as announced by YouGov. On June 23, the institute surveyed 2,886 people in Germany aged 18 and over.

Until the end of June, everyone without a reason or symptoms is still entitled to at least one quick test per week at test sites by trained personnel. The federal and state governments are discussing how to proceed afterwards. The further financing of the tests is also open. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) said on Thursday that a package should be presented, which he is still negotiating with Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP). He was sure that a solution could be presented in the next few days.