Mass testing getting under way across Slovenia
Ljubljana - Voluntary trial mass testing will start in Slovenia today, with the Health Ministry giving the go ahead to 13 cities. In Ljubljana, it will take place in Congress Square, while exact locations in other municipalities are to be announced by local communities. Results of these rapid tests are now treated as equivalent to those produced by PCR tests.
The Health Ministry said the testing can start in Ljubljana, Celje, Maribor, Novo Mesto, Nova Gorica, Murska Sobota, Slovenj Gradec, Koper, Kranj, Velenje, Ptuj, Lenart and Sevnica.
However, mass testing will not necessarily start in all these cities today. Slovenj Gradec for instance said it would be expectedly launched in their municipality on Saturday.
The screening will be free-of-charge. Those who wish to get tested need to bring along their ID and health insurance card.
They are also advised to maintain physical distance and wear a protective face mask.
Antigen tests deliver results in approximately 15 minutes. Between 30 and 40 tests are expected to be conducted per hour.
The results will be entered into the national patient register after a new definition of a positive test entered into force on Monday - a rapid test result is now as good as a result delivered by a molecular or PCR test.
Mass testing will be held until 24 December. After the holidays, rapid tests will be used among specific groups of residents, including those in education and child care.