Released: 18.10.2020, 18:45
Bratislava – Slovakia will comprehensively test its population older than ten years for coronavirus. The preparation and testing itself under the name Joint Responsibility will be carried out by the army, and other parts of the state will be involved. The decision was made today by the government of Prime Minister Igor Matovič, who described the move as a last resort before the national quarantine, the so-called lockdown, given the current spread of the disease.
The main part of the testing will take place at the turn of October and November and in the first half of November, at the end of next week the tests will be performed in the four most affected districts in the north and east of Slovakia of five million. From area tests, Slovak politicians promise to detect outbreaks.
“This is the largest logistics operation in the modern history of the Slovak Republic. The success of the entire operation is primarily based on the willingness of people to cooperate. I ask you for responsibility in accessing testing,” Defense Minister Jaroslav Naď told reporters after an extraordinary cabinet meeting. He added that 50,000 people from the state apparatus, including a maximum of 8,000 soldiers, will be involved in the testing.
“Lockdown is one option, honest retesting of Slovakia is another option,” Matovic said.
According to earlier information, Bratislava has already ordered 13 million so-called antigen tests at a price of approximately four euros (110 crowns) per piece. Although these are less accurate tests than the commonly used PCR tests, the result is available faster.
Slovakia has recently seen a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases infected with coronavirus. The country exceeded the limit of a thousand confirmed cases per day on October 7, and about a week later, tests revealed over 2,000 infected people for the first time.