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Prime Minister Janez Janša: Ministries starting preparations for voluntary mass coronavirus testingica

Based on the current state of the epidemic and the latest EU Council video conference, the competent ministries have been instructed today to prepare everything necessary by 5 December to launch the voluntary mass coronavirus testing campaign and set up a programme for registering individuals opting for voluntary vaccination,” Janez Janša announced on Twitter.

Prime minister Janez Janša

Prime minister Janez Janša | Author Kabinet predsednika vlade

In early November, Slovakia was the first EU country to start carrying out mass testing, using antigen tests for everyone over the age of ten. Two-thirds of the population were tested, with one percent testing positive. New testing is to begin on 2 December. The Austrian government is also looking to implement mass testing for at least a portion of its population.

Today mass testing has also been launched in South Tyrol, with the Italian media reporting long lines forming outside the testing centres. Over 24,000 people got tested by 10 am and nearly 600 tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Voluntary mass testing of around two-thirds of the population or 350,000 residents of this region is planned to take place until Sunday. According to the Austria Press Agency (APA), rapid antigen tests are free of charge and available to anyone over the age of five.