Saarbrucken – Federal Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) visited three Covid 19 test centers operated by the Bundeswehr in Saarland on Friday. “The Bundeswehr provides support wherever and as long as it is needed,” she said in a statement from the Bundeswehr in Saarbrucken. “Together with our partners from the civil health authorities, we stand side by side in the fight against the effects of the corona virus.”
Since Wednesday last week, the Bundeswehr has been helping to cope with the Corona crisis with three smear stations as part of administrative assistance in Saarland. The tapping points were set up on the former Saarbrucken exhibition center on the Schanzenberg, in Merzig in the barracks “Auf der Ell” and in St. Wendel on the site of the army repair logistics.
The test centers are open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the center in Saarbrucken is also open on weekends. The stations should run until further notice, said the spokesman for the Saarland State Command. In addition, a request for support from the district of St. Wendel on materials such as blankets and mattresses had been approved to equip a supply center.
The commander of the Saarland State Command, Colonel Klaus Peter Schirra, said in a lecture in a lecture the key position of the Saarland State Command as “Embassy of the Bundeswehr in the state”: “In such situations as we are currently experiencing, the State Command is the crucial interface between the civil authorities and the armed forces. »
In addition to advice, it was important to “process the applications for assistance in the situation center without delay”. Due to the current situation caused by the corona pandemic, he emphasized that it is important for these tasks that “we remain sustainable with our abilities”.
It was Kramp-Karrenbauer’s second visit as Minister of Defense in Saarland. Most recently, she stopped by the soldiers in November 2019. The Bundeswehr is represented at five locations in the Saarland with around 1,500 soldiers. There are also around 450 civilian employees.