From the end of April, comprehensive antibody tests are to be carried out to determine how many people in Austria have already come into contact with the corona virus. First, testing is carried out in the “hotspot regions”.

7:52 a.m., April 8, 2020

Anschober: Area-wide antibody tests from the end of April © APA / HERBERT NEUBAUER

Who has been in contact with the corona virus and may be immune is a crucial question. So far there has been a lack of useful tests. One seems to have made progress here: From the end of April, comprehensive antibody tests are to be carried out to determine how many people in Austria do. That said Minister of Health Rudolf Anschober (Greens) Tuesday evening in the ORF “Report”.

There are two levels of antibody testing, the minister said. Some are rapid tests, which have so far proven to be of little value. The results were “depressing”, Anschober said. The other level is “Active tests “. These “are getting much better“As experts would have told him. “We will only start rolling out when we have reliable statements from these tests,” Anschober said.

First in the “hotspot regions”

It is assumed that “we can really go into the area at the end of April”, Anschober said in the ORF “Report” interview. The first major areas of application are said to be “hotspot regions”, Anschober said, referring to Ischgl. In the Tyrolean ski resort, numerous holidaymakers from Austria and Europe were infected with the virus. The same is said to be the case with certain professional groups, such as medical personnel in hospitals, Anschober said.

Good results in the hospitals

Regardless of the antibody tests last ran in Austria Testing certain target groups with PCR tests. You can directly detect the virus. The first results of this sample-like series of tests give cause for slight optimism. Out of 474 hospital employees tested, only three were CoV-positive, Anschober said.

“Basic trend relatively positive”

In nursing homes, among 301 tested employees, only one positive case. According to Anschober, all of the 422 supermarket employees were negative. “The basic trend seems to be relatively positive,” Anschober said, which was also shown by the number of new infections and hospitalizations.

According to the Minister of Health, an amendment to the controversial regulation is being examined, according to which those working in critical infrastructure have no right to special protection against coronavirus groups. He works with experts to “find a reasonable solution,” Anschober said. By the end of the week, an “overall concept” should be available and it should be clear who is at particular risk.

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