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More than 3.6 million Slovaks took coronavirus swab in nationwide testing scheme – PM

Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Trencin

PRAGUE (Reuters) – More than 3.6 million Slovaks took part in nationwide coronavirus testing scheme over the past weekend and 38,359 or 1.06% tested positive, Prime Minister Igor Matovic said on Monday.

The central European country of 5.5 million used antigen tests, which return results in 15-30 minutes but are less accurate than standard PCR tests, in an attempt to identify a large portion of infected people, which the government argued could help avoid a hard lockdown.

(Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Alison Williams)

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