A negative result of a corona test is only valid for 24 hours in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The state has taken this measure so that there would be less contamination at the start of the carnival on November 11.
Despite the tightening of the measure, people are allowed to dance in cafes without a mask, the Rheinische Post newspaper reports. The rule went into effect on Wednesday and applies to PCR tests and rapid tests. The validity was 48 hours until Wednesday.
For carnival-goers, among others, this means that a negative test must be taken within 24 hours before an event starts for people who have not been vaccinated or who have not recently been cured.
In Germany, the number of corona infections has increased rapidly in recent days. On Wednesday morning, the RKI, the German RIVM, reported a record number of infections. As a result, Germany is committed, among other things, to a third vaccination and an increase in the vaccination campaign to fight the virus.