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Slovakia made a big effort over the weekend: to test nearly all adults in the country for coronavirus.
According to Prime Minister Igor Matovic, in the context of the sudden increase in the number of cases, more than 3.6 million Slovakians have been tested for the virus, according to Prime Minister Igor Matovic – about two thirds of the population.
Among those tested, 38,359 results were positive for the virus – accounting for 1.06%.
Antigen tests have been used, instead of the PCR assay. The antigen test is found within minutes, but is less reliable than the PCR test. The tests are free and conducted at about 5,000 test locations across the country, with the support of the Slovak army.
Prime Minister Igor Matovič told reporters on Monday: “We have achieved a great leap forward.
“But we shouldn’t think that’s all right now because of this 1%. Not so,” he added, according to Agence France-Presse. “In fact, up to 2% of our residents could be infected. That’s not a good situation.”
Two regions of the country with the highest number of cases were examined over the weekend – a trial in which 91% of those who qualified were tested. During that test, 3.97% were found to be positive.
More tests are planned for the weekend, but counties with a positive rate below 0.7% will be exempt.
Children under 10 years old are exempt from the tests. People over 65 years of age who spend a lot of time at home, as well as other vulnerable groups, are also exempt.
For everyone else, the test is optional – but strict 10-day testing is required for those who choose not to be tested, Fingers report. Anyone with a positive test result should be strictly isolated at home or at a state quarantine facility for 10 days. Police officers are inspecting the spot during the three-week inspection period, and those who have taken the test are given a certificate that they can present to the police. Those found to be in violation of the quarantine or quarantine rules could be fined 1650 euros (about $ 1,920).
One goal of the program is to keep the nation’s hospitals from being overloaded. Another way is to avoid a serious lock. The school has been ordered to close for a month, amid closed public venues and limited indoor dining at restaurants.
Matovič said that the government’s scientific advisory group recommended a three-week course for all, rather than a pilot program, but he said locking the door would cause too much economic damage, according to Fingers.
Some have criticized the government’s plan.
Alexandra Brazinova, an epidemiologist at Comenius University’s School of Medicine in Bratislava, worries that a false positive or a negative might allow some people to unknowingly spread the virus and keep others at home. necessary, needs.
“This could undermine public confidence in the trial and all other pandemic prevention measures,” she said. Fingers.
Mike Tildesley, an infectious disease modeling specialist at the University of Warwick and a UK government scientific advisor, told CNN that it’s important to remember that a negative result only refers to a moment.
“[J]”Just because someone tests negative doesn’t mean they won’t necessarily be infected a few days later,” he said. Therefore, any strategy of mass testing needs to be done at regular intervals (every few days) to be an effective strategy and to allow some of the door locks to loosen. ”
Slovakia’s push comes amid rising viral infections in Europe. The UK, France and Germany have all announced new door lock measures.
Slovakia had nearly 60,000 confirmed cases and 219 deaths from COVID-19 – most of which were in October.