In Brief: COVID-19 testing center opens for Lufthansa passengers at Frankfurt International Airport

The center’s operators say the goal is to spur the resumption of international travel and to help passengers with coronavirus-related entry requirements imposed by other countries.

Photo by: Anna Shvets, Pexels


 

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and William Glucroft

A walk-in, COVID-19 testing center for passengers flying on Lufthansa has opened at Frankfurt International Airport.

The center, which will remain open for the next 13 months, is being run by the carrier, airport officials and diagnostics company Centogene.

The center’s operators say the goal is to spur the resumption of international travel and to help passengers with coronavirus-related entry requirements imposed by other countries.

Arriving or departing passengers will be able to get the test on the day they travel or the day before. Results are delivered via a secure digital platform and connected to the passenger’s ticket.

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A study on the coronavirus antibody status of Germany’s professional soccer players may help reveal the true COVID-19 rate in the country.

Players and personnel of Germany’s top Bundesliga teams have been getting tested regularly for COVID-19 since games resumed last month. The weekly Die Zeit reports that after the season ended this past weekend, the results of more than 1,000 tests will be evaluated and made public.

The league’s chief doctor, Tim Meyer, told news agency dpa that players are representative of the general population because they are being tested across Germany.

He added the study is also useful because symptom-free people don’t regularly get tested except in hot spots.

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