THE German state of Bavaria said on Sunday that most of the people returning from abroad, testing positive for the coronavirus were traced. However, it said that it was embarrassing to not be told about it to a possible successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Bavaria said in a statement that its findings showed that 903 of the 949 people who tested positive were out of a total of 44,000 travellers returning to the country. That said, personal data for 46 of the positive tests is not known yet.
The tests have been carried out up to two weeks in special centres, but discrepancies in data entry indicated that the travellers had been waiting for their test results for days.
Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder apologised for the problems on Thursday. He, however, promised to make up for the mistakes by recruiting extra staff. He also said he was in support of his health minister who had offered to resign.
Germany has managed to contain the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths when compared to other European countries. That said, concerns about a possible second wave of the pandemic kept arising intermittently.