BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — A national rapid-fire testing program for the coronavirus has launched in Slovakia with the government aiming to test anyone older than the age of 10 over the coming two weekends.
The results of the free tests, which look for antigens, will be available within minutes and anyone in the country of 5.4 million testing negative won’t have to abide by strict limits on movement imposed.
Like other countries in Europe, Slovakia has seen a sharp rise in new cases in recent weeks.
Some 5,000 testing sites have been established by the armed forces but despite help from volunteers, some still didn’t have enough medical personnel on Saturday morning, authorities said.
Long queues of cars have already formed at the sites.