A moment ago, at an extraordinary meeting, the government adopted a resolution entrusting the Armed Forces with the preparation of an operation called Joint Responsibility. The Minister of Defense Jaroslav Naď informed about it. Representatives of all four coalition parties stood up for testing.
“Without exaggeration, this is the largest logistics operation in modern history. The Armed Forces will prepare and conduct population testing for Covid-19. We expect the involvement of up to 50,000 people, including 7,000 to 8,000 soldiers, police officers, government officials and medical personnel. ”
According to Prime Minister Igor Matovič, the Minister of Defense only found out about the entire operation this week on Monday. However, he claims that the soldiers are ready.
“We will deploy all available soldiers, police officers, firefighters to technically manage it. I record statements from the local government and the state administration that they need more information, each mayor can expect a visit, where he will learn all the details. We planned everything. An important aspect of the preparation will also be the weekly pilot testing of four districts – Námestovo, Tvrdošín, Bardejov.
Mandatory or voluntary? We do not know
“Testing at the national level will help to better identify existing outbreaks, enable the provision of adequate health care for cases with little or no symptoms of COVID-19, and more effectively separate the infected population,” the paper said.
If everything goes according to plan, testing should take two weeks, SaS chief Richard Sulík has admitted that the deadline may be postponed.
“I am convinced that comprehensive testing is one of the measures that needs to be implemented,” stressed the head of the Ministry of Justice, Mária Kolíková.
The government wants to change the details of the whole event in the coming days. However, it is still unclear whether testing will be mandatory.
“We have been talking about the issue of duty and voluntariness for quite some time. We do not have a definitive answer to this question, “says Prime Minister Igor Matovic.
According to him, the aim is to detect those infected, but also to ensure that no one gets infected during testing.
“New deaths are increasing on a daily basis,” warns Minister of Health Marek Krajčí.
All inhabitants of Slovakia older than ten years will be tested. The main part of the testing will take place from 30 October to 1 November and from 6 to 8 November. A pilot test will be carried out from 23 to 25 October, focusing on the districts where COVID-19 is currently most prevalent.
Sampling points shall be located and equipped according to the approved material in such a way as to ensure that all measures to limit the spread of the new coronavirus are complied with. Sampling points will be set up in such a way that their accessibility to the population is as good as possible, similarly to the establishment of polling stations.
Sampling will be done by paramedics
Integrated teams led by professional soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic will operate at the sampling points, therefore the government has proposed to allocate up to 8,000 members of the army. In addition to professional soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, the integrated teams will consist of members of the Police Force, qualified medical personnel and administrative personnel. “Sampling for testing will be carried out exclusively by professionally qualified medical staff,” the approved material states.
The material shows that it is necessary to ensure the cooperation of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic with the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic, the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic and territorial self-government.
To ensure effective coordination, management and information flow, the Minister of Defense Jaroslav Naď (OĽANO) will ensure the creation of the relevant organizational structure. The Central Crisis Staff and the Government of the Slovak Republic will inform about the preparation and implementation of the testing.
At the same time, the government entrusts the Administration of State Material Reserves of the Slovak Republic with the task of providing protective aids and tests for comprehensive testing of the population.
The location of the collection points and the times when it will be possible to visit the collection point will be announced through the broadcasting of the Slovak Radio and Television, in TASR and by publication on the website https://korona.gov.sk/.