“There will be one trial testing of pupils in the Czech Republic on Thursday, I think in Sedlčany,” Babiš said.
The Prime Minister was to visit the Comenius School in Vienna in Austria. He was to meet with the Austrian Chancellor and the Minister of Education. Babiš mentioned that the visit could take place next Wednesday.
In Vienna and Lower Austria, testing began in schools a week ago, and from today, the rest of Austria will join after the holidays. Younger schoolchildren take the test twice a week. Older students are divided into two groups. The first goes to school on Mondays and Tuesdays, the second on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Friday, they have a common online lesson. They take the test on the day they start class.
According to Babiš, about 470,000 pupils have been tested in Austria so far, and about 180 of them have found a positive result. The prime minister said that according to the response, tests are suitable for children, but there is a debate about their effectiveness. “We have contact with the distributor. The government must discuss what are the options, whether this test is the best,” said Babis.
In Austria, schools use LEPU antigen tests from a Chinese manufacturer, which are supplied by QuickSeal in the Czech Republic. According to her representative, the material could arrive within one month of ordering.
However, the cabinet should get acquainted with the offer of all available tests today. According to the Prime Minister, about 60 types of antigen tests are used in the Czech Republic. According to efficiency and price, the Ministry of Health should recommend those that are suitable for testing schoolchildren. Babiš assumes that the test material for schools would be purchased by the State Material Reserves Administration.
According to instructional videos from the Austrian Ministry of Education, younger pupils have a test envelope on the desk before class. There is a stick for swabbing from the nose, from the edge of the nostril. After dripping the enclosed solution onto the stick, the result is within a quarter of an hour. Similar tests are used by older students, but they wait about half an hour for the result.
The government council for health risks should discuss testing on Tuesday. The Ministry of Health is to prepare a testing plan for schools, as well as vaccinations for teachers and other school staff. According to Babiš, it is almost 270,000 people. Graduates and final year students are scheduled to return to school in two weeks on March 1.
“We have little time. The Ministry of Health needs to take a clear position on this, so that these two operations – vaccinating teachers and school staff and testing pupils – are basically timed and planned,” the prime minister said. He added that the “logistically demanding operation” was given the task of preparing the Central Crisis Staff.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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