No capacity for tests of professional footballers? Laboratories refute Mar
As of April 16, 2020 | Reading time: 2 minutes
Virologists have always raised their fingers in the debate about a resumption of the Bundesliga. There are no resources for the necessary corona tests. The laboratory association now leads this to absurdity.
Dhe soccer Bundesliga is still waiting for a signal from the politicians for the hoped-for season continuation with ghost games from May 9 or 16. A plan: The 36 professional clubs are supposed to subject players, coaches and coaches to a corona test every three to four days. Only those who test positive should ideally be in quarantine, but not the entire team that could continue to participate in the game.
But there is criticism. Virologist Ulf Dittmer says: “We have no infinite test capacities. I don’t know if it is ethical to run 20,000 tests on people who are not actually a risk group and who have no symptoms. I am very critical of this if the resources for the tests do not improve significantly. “
But now those who are concerned are being refuted by a competent body: by the professional association “Accredited Laboratories in Medicine” in Germany (ALM e.V.) with more than 200 laboratories and 900 specialists.
Expertise should trigger relief at DFL
When asked by WELT and BILD, ALM board member Doctor Evangelos Kotsopoulos explains: “Even if the 36 clubs would test their staff every two days with 40, 50 people each, we are under half a percent of the test capacity. In absolute terms, this is so low that it would simply be part of it locally. We see that as completely unproblematic. I also cannot imagine that the clubs’ intention is to take tests that would be medically needed for other people. ”
An expertise that should trigger relief at the German Football League (DFL). It still wants to end the season by June 30, securing around 370 million euros from television alone and saving numerous clubs from bankruptcy.
Another positive news: The capacity of the last 107 laboratories that participated in the ALM data collection was increased to 110,000 tests per day. Takes a total of 550,000 tests a week. However, only 294,000 tests were carried out in Holy Week.
ALM board member Doctor Michael Müller says: “The available test capacities currently significantly exceed the supply requirements. There is still potential for additional tests. ”This is also due to the fact that many people have already been tested, over 1.3 million since the beginning of March alone. The ALM recorded a 50 percent decline in laboratory tests.
On April 23, the DFL wants to discuss how to proceed with the clubs.
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