As we’ve all noticed by now, the “case numbers”, i.e. positive results from PCR tests, are all that matter with the Wuhan Coronavirus. Whether anybody dies or even gets sick is irrelevant — cases are everything.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from PolitikStube:
Berlin is expanding tests and wants to drive up case numbers
The State of Berlin is now introducing a comprehensive test obligation for sales staff in retail and catering as well as for employees in companies and public institutions if they have direct contact with customers and guests. You must now be tested for the coronavirus at least twice a week and keep the evidence for four weeks. The obligation applies not only to employees, but also to the self-employed — for example, for the Späti [convenience store/kiosk] operator or a craftsman who comes to the apartment for repairs.
The goal of this approach is clear: more tests should drive the case numbers up. The more tests there are, the more (false) positive results there are, of course. The cases can thus be easily manipulated in order to tighten the lockdown measures even further.