Slovakia plans to test the entire population for the corona virus. The government has purchased 13 million rapid antigen tests for residents over the age of 10. Short-term testing is planned to take place over two weekends. People who are tested negative one weekend can visit again the next weekend to rule out any false negative tests.
It is not yet clear whether the tests will be mandatory or voluntary. According to Slovak news site aktuality.sk, Prime Minister Igor Matovic has said he must change the law if he wants to make the test mandatory.
The prime minister is considering rewarding people who get tested. “The more people that come, the more accurate the tests will be and the better our chances,” said Matovic. He hopes that at least 90 percent of the Slovaks will participate.
Police and army
The prime minister sees large-scale testing as the only way to stop the covid-19 outbreak in Slovakia. Last day, nearly 2,000 confirmed infections were added and 11 deaths were reported. Prime Minister Matovic tells TASR news agency that he will resign if the plan fails.
About 5.5 million people live in Slovakia. The police and army will help carry out the mass tests, so as not to overburden health workers.
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