Covid-19. Half the population of Slovakia was tested this Saturday

In order to reduce containment measures, Slovakia decided to run rapid tests (antigen detection) on its population this weekend. A world premiere, but one that raises criticism from health experts due to the alleged low reliability and lack of preparation for the screening.

According to Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad, 2.58 million people responded affirmatively to the authorities’ invitation to take the test, the agency France Presse said on Sunday. Of this total, about 26,000 people tested positive for Covid-19 and will have to be quarantined.

The tests continued this Sunday near the approximately 5,000 screening centers opened by the Government, which mobilized about 45,000 health professionals, doctors, military and police to carry out the tests. Another screening operation is scheduled for next weekend.

The tests are not mandatory for Slovaks, but their performance will allow for greater freedom of movement in the context of the containment measures in force in the country.

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