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Slovakia Mass Tests Two-thirds of Population for COVID-19

Slovakia, on a notable move on Saturday, has carried out mass testing for COVID-19 on its country of about 5.5 million people.

Slovakia, on a notable move on Saturday, has carried out mass testing for COVID-19 on its country of about 5.5 million people. 

The nation carried out rapid antigen tests on Slovaks over the age of 10 years old—that is 3.625 million people. 

Out of this figure, 38,359 tested positive, or 1.06% of the tested population, primarily in the districts of Zilina, Topolcany, Ruzomberok, and Presov.

Mass testing would be done on two weekends, which started on Saturday, October 31. 

A number of people from the scientific community has expressed concerns over this move by the government, citing the suitability of antigen tests for mass testing, which should be done with PCR tests. PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) tests are more reliable than antigen tests.

Aside from this, there are not enough medical staff to administer said tests. “There is also a risk of infection at testing sites,” says Alexandra Brazinova, an epidemiologist at the Medical Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava.

Despite this, the Slovakian government will push through with mass testing next weekend and will also put up more testing sites for those who want to get tested. The nation has also enforced mandatory tests at its borders for whoever wishes to enter the state. 

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