The government of Slovakia has introduced a new plan, where it will test all citizens for Covid-19 over 10 years old, advances The Guardian. The three-week testing program involves the Armed Forces to ensure that all citizens are tested for the virus.
Last week, the Slovakian government ran a three-day pilot program, where it tested four regions in the north of the country. The purpose of these mass tests is to isolate those who are infected with the virus and to test four million adults.
According to the publication, the Army will assist 20 medical teams at the testing sites, and the results should take 30 minutes after the sample is collected, and rapid tests should be used for this practice.
Those who test positive for the virus have the option of being quarantined at home or staying in a facility provided by the government during the 14 days of quarantine. However, “The Guardian” points out that anyone who does not want to take the test has the option of isolating himself for ten days or being fined 1.650 euros.
Health officials have already revealed that hospitals in the country may collapse over the next few weeks, as the number of infections has increased considerably since the end of the summer, after a relatively calm first wave of the virus.
Last Wednesday, data showed 2.785 new infections in Slovakia, while in the previous month the figure was 231 infections per day.
The Slovak Prime Minister will share the results of this project with the European Council, in order to analyze whether this is a good practice to apply to other countries that have suffered from the sudden increase in new cases.