All Slovaks will receive an antigen test between Monday and 26 January, following which a negative antigen or PCR test will be required to go to work or on trips into nature, according to a compromise solution between Prime Minister Igor Matovič – who continues to insist on having mass COVID-19 testing – and his coalition partners.
The government was in session both Saturday and Sunday to try to find a compromise on the next course of action in the fight against the pandemic, as experts and coalition partners opposed global testing and favoured testing in the most-affected areas of the country.
However, it was also decided that those who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose will have to get tested to avoid stricter measures.
In the second phase, only half of the country’s districts where more cases will be detected will be retested in what has been termed operation “Let’s save lives together”.
Meanwhile, the lockdown has been prolonged from 24 January to 7 February. Should the situation improve before this date, discussions regarding the opening of schools will be back on the table, Health Minister Marek Krajčí has announced.
(Zuzana Gabrižová | EURACTIV.sk)