UPDATED: The second mass testing is coming. Who will need a new certificate?

We have added the list of testing sites available in green districts this weekend.

The testing in Košice on November 1, 2020.The testing in Košice on November 1, 2020. (Source: TASR)

The second round of the nationwide testing will take place on November 7 and 8 in the districts where more than 0.7 percent of people tested positive in the first round.

The testing in these districts will look similar to the first round. The testing times have been shortened, though. Testing sites will be open between 8:00 and 20:00 both Saturday and Sunday.

There should be 2,993 testing teams who will move between 3,000 testing locations, Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď (OĽaNO) said.

The testing will not take place in 25 districts, mostly in the south of Slovakia (except for Dunajská Streda), and the cities of Bratislava and Košice.

Moreover, a school holiday has been announced for all of Slovakia on November 6 (Friday) and November 9 (Monday).

Who should take part in the second round

The second round of testing has been organised only in those districts where the first round found a prevalence of COVID-positive persons of at least 0.7 percent.

People who plan on travelling to these districts will also need a new certificate to be able to move around these districts the week after the second round of testing.

Mobile testing sites will also be open in the district capitals of green districts that border with red districts, if the local authorities request to have them set up. The following are the mobile testing sites that will be available in green districts this weekend, some of them on Saturday only:

People who were not tested in the first round are not to attend the second round of the testing. They are required to remain in home isolation for 10 days. can also take part in the second round of the testing, the Government's Office informed on Friday. The exception for "necessary doctor visit" applies to the antigen testing.

People who have not been tested in the first round are required to remain in home isolation for 10 days.

Travelling between green and red districts

People who come from green districts where the second round of testing will not take place but are planning totravel to the districts where the second round will take place during the week that follows (November 9 - 15) should attend the testing.

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Without a new test from November 7 or November 8, they will not be permitted to move around the red districts.

For example: If a person from a district in Bratislava wants to travel to the Dunajská Streda district anytime between November 9 and 15, they will have to attend the second round of the nationwide testing with antigen tests, or have a negative PCR test result (for green districts and the test should have been carried out between October 29 and November 8).

There should be mobile sampling sites in all district capitals in Slovakia, the government promised earlier this week. Anyone will be able to get tested there free of charge. If the mobile sampling site is not available, people from green districts are advised to go and get tested in one of the red districts if they need a new certificate, PM Igor Matovič said.

People from green districts who do not plan to travel to red districts are not advised to get tested in the second round, according to Naď.

End of curfew

The cabinet meanwhile agreed at its November 4 session that the curfew will last until Saturday, November 14.

Exceptions from the curfew:

  • between the hours of 1:00 and 5:00;
  • people with negative PCR or antigen test from the nationwide testing:
    • in red districts (where the second round will take place), the latest certificate from the second round or PCR test confirming a negative result no older than November 7-8;
    • in green districts (where the second round will not take place), the certificate from the first round (dated Oct 31 or Nov 1) will still be required until the end of the curfew on November 14.

Those who live in the red districts and do not attend the second round of testing will be allowed to visit a doctor, the closest shop selling foodstuffs or a pharmacy. They can also leave their place of residence to take a test, take out their pets within a 100-metre perimeter or care for farm animals.

People who cannot attend the testing due to medical reasons, those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three months, and children younger than 10 years of age are exempt from the stricter curfew.

What if I lose my certificate

The police have warned people via Facebook that if they lose their certificate from the testing, the exemptions will not apply to them.

Those who cannot prove they have tested negative are required to observe the restrictions just like people who have not attended the testing, under the threat of a fine of up to €1,650.

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