Two-thirds of Slovakians tested for virus
Two-thirds of Slovakia’s population of 5.4 million people were tested for coronavirus over the weekend as part of a controversial nationwide program, officials said on Monday.
Antigen tests were carried out on 3.625 million people — of whom 38,359, or 1.06 percent, were found to be positive.
“We have made a great leap forward,” Prime Minister Igor Matovic told reporters.
“But we should not think that because of this 1 percent, now all is fine. It is not,” he added.
“In reality up to 2 percent of our inhabitants might be infected. It is not at all a good situation.”
Antigen tests give far quicker results than PCR tests, which involve nasal swabs that have to be sent to a laboratory, but they are less reliable.
Another round of tests has been scheduled for this coming weekend.
Participation is not mandatory but anyone who is not able to produce a negative test certificate if stopped by police could get a heavy fine.
Anyone who tests positive has to go immediately into quarantine for 10 days.