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Parent representatives welcome compulsory testing for daycare children

Parent representatives welcome the planned compulsory corona test for daycare children in Berlin. “This is one basic building block to be able to interrupt chains of infection at an early stage and thus to contribute to the responsible keeping of daycare centers open in the fourth wave, ”said the deputy chairman of the State Parents Committee for Daycare (LEAK), Anja Kettgen-Hahn, on Wednesday of the German Press Agency.

The new rule is is one important step in securing access to early childhood education, which will also be designed in a child-friendly manner due to the compulsory testing of lollipops, says Kettgen-Hahn.

According to a decision by the Berlin Senate, daycare centers should be obliged to hand over two rapid tests per week to custodians, that you can use at home. In future, parents will have to indicate in writing on a standard form that this actually happened. “This binding test system should be implemented in the facilities by December 1st, 2021 at the latest,” announced the education administration on Tuesday.

In a second step, you should Rapid lollipop tests are usedthat are considered easier to use and more child-friendly. As soon as sufficient such tests are available, it is plannedto make the use compulsory three times a week. The education administration has not yet given a date for this either.

So far, parents have been able to test their children voluntarily. The LEAK had been calling for a test for months. Experts from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recommend consistent systematic serial tests as a protective measure against infection. Age-appropriate test concepts are often only inadequately introduced by the federal states, especially in daycare centers, according to a report.

Even with children could severe disease courses, deaths and long-term consequences occur after a Covid 19 illness. However, the extent of the health consequences cannot yet be clearly assessed. “As long as this important question has not been clarified, children should not be exposed to the risk of infection unnecessarily,” write the experts. (dpa)

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