In the current week, 536 of the 1.3 million corona tests carried out in schools were positive – 364 positive test results were from schoolchildren, 172 from teaching and administrative staff.
A total of 1.3 million “nose drill” self-tests 536 positive results were recorded in schools across Austria on Monday and Wednesday. This was announced by the Ministry of Education of the APA. This affects 364 students and 172 teachers. The most positive results were in Vienna with 250 and Lower Austria with 103.
Face-to-face lessons only with a negative test
This week, after the end of the semester break in seven federal states, the tests were on the children’s timetable for the first time in all of Austria. Those who wanted to take part in face-to-face lessons had to test themselves at the beginning of the school day.
In the previous week, around 200 positive results were recorded in Vienna and Lower Austria, where the semester break had ended a week earlier. This week there were around 350 in these two countries (Vienna: 250, Lower Austria: 103). “We do not attribute this to an increasing frequency of infection, but to an increased test routine,” said Education Minister Heinz Faßmann (ÖVP) in a statement sent to the APA. “Primary school children in particular understand better from week to week how to take samples and thus ensure valid results.”
In Upper Austria and Styria there were 43 positive tests each, in Carinthia 40, in Salzburg 19, in Vorarlberg 15, in Tyrol 13 and in Burgenland ten. All those affected now complete a PCR test – in the previous week, the positive results were confirmed in three quarters of the cases.
First round “problem-free”
The first Austria-wide round of tests “ran smoothly, the acceptance of the tests is fortunately very high,” said Faßmann. Only around one percent of the students or their parents refuse to take the test. These students have to work on the subject matter at home, but are supported by educators if necessary.
“With the self-tests we find the highly infectious pupils and thus prevent further infections. This creates an essential prerequisite for open schools”, says Faßmann. At the same time, however, a negative test is only a “snapshot” – hence the other measures such as masks, distance rules and shift work. The Austrian model is also catching on: in the meantime, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France and some German countries have asked about it.