Health Coronavirus: Slovakia tests entire population, a world first

15:35  31 october  2020
15:35  31 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Slovakia on Saturday begins a programme to screen its entire population for coronavirus with antigen tests in what would be a global first , but critics have said “The world will be watching,” Prime Minister Igor Matovic said earlier this week, adding that the measure would save “hundreds of lives”.

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Some 45,000 medical, military and police professionals have been deployed to carry out tests in the 5.4 million country inhabitants

Illustration de tests antigéniques réalisés à grande échalle en Slovaquie, dès le samedi 31 octobre 2020. © PHILIPPE MAGONI / SIPA Illustration of antigenic tests carried out on a large scale in Slovakia, from Saturday October 31, 2020. PANDEMIC - Some 45,000 health, army and police professionals were deployed to carry out the tests tests in this country of 5.4 million inhabitants

On Saturday, Slovakia launched a screening program for coronavirus in the entire population with antigenic tests . Some 45,000 medical, military and police professionals have been deployed to carry out the tests in this EU member country of 5.4 million people, to collect samples from around 5,000 open testing points Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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“The world will follow” with attention, declared Prime Minister Igor Matovic this week, estimating that this measure would save “hundreds of lives”. "This will be our path to freedom," insisted Igor Matovic, hinting that restrictions related to the pandemic could either be relaxed after testing is complete or tightened if the program is not fully implemented.

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Slovakia has seen a sharp increase in cases of coronavirus [a new record of 3,363 daily infections, bringing the total to 55,091 cases], would be the first country of its size to organize nationwide testing. So far, widespread testing has taken place in entire Chinese cities. The government plans to complete national testing in two days and carry out another round of testing next weekend. But he struggled to find medical staff to operate all testing sites and was forced to offer cash bonuses to doctors.

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On Saturday, people lined up since early in the morning to be tested, but in some places the tests did not start on time due to organizational problems, an AFP journalist found . Traffic jams formed in front of the locations chosen for a test drive option. During pilot tests in four high-risk areas last weekend, people had to queue up to two hours.

"The government and the prime minister are brandishing the threat against people"

The Slovak Association of General Practitioners (SVLS) criticized the government plan, considering it ill-prepared. According to the association, "the concentration of millions of people" on testing sites "remains in contradiction with the recommendations of infectious disease experts to reduce public contact and mobility as much as possible."

But some, like Radovan Babincak, a 40-year-old unemployed man living in the capital Bratislava, want to avoid the operation in this way. And to declare: “The government and the Prime Minister brandish the threat against the people. “Participation in the test is not mandatory, but someone without a negative test certificate risks being fined heavily if arrested by the police. Anyone who tests positive should immediately quarantine for ten days.

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