UPDATED: 27. NOV 2020, AT 15:27

Firefighters offer a helping hand with antigen testing

They opened testing sites in 25 green districts.

The mobile testing site in Bratislava.The mobile testing site in Bratislava. (Source: TASR)

People willing to undergo free antigen tests will have more opportunities to get tested.

Starting on November 9 at 14:00, the testing sites in all 25 districts (minus the cities of Bratislava and Košice), which did not take place in the second round of the mass testing during the previous weekend, have been opened by the Fire and Rescue Corps. Most of them are situated in fire stations. The swabs will be done by fire rescuers.

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The decision came after the Health Ministry failed to open on time the mobile testing sites in all 25 district capitals, plus the cities of Bratislava and Košice. Health Minister Marek Krajčí (OĽaNO) has explained that there have been some legal problems concerning the agreements, but promised to solve them.

Although PM Igor Matovič (OĽaNO) has criticised Krajčí, he does not plan to recall him from the post.

“Naming specific failures doesn’t automatically mean a loss of trust,” Matovič said, as quoted by the Denník N daily.

Where to find the testing sites?

All testing sites operated by the fire forces have closed on November 26. They were open for 13 days and have tested 38,321 persons, of whom 858 tested positive (2.2 percent).

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