The organization of nationwide testing in mid-January and every week thereafter, until the incidence level falls below 0.5 percent, will completely cripple all other activities and events in Bratislava. The mayor of Bratislava’s Old Town, Zuzana Aufrichtová, pointed this out, saying that in order to organize such a challenging task in a city of half a million, state support is necessary, as is the protection of front-line people who are supposed to provide the task.
The mayor pointed out that the workers who are to ensure this “mass mobilization of hundreds of thousands of citizens” are not included in the critical vaccination infrastructure. “At the request of the government to organize nationwide testing, workers in the transit capital will be exposed to a high risk, especially in connection with the presence of a British strain of new coronavirus, which according to public information is one of the reasons for nationwide testing,” she said on the social network.
She also pointed out that the buildings in the Old Town are mostly historic and there are therefore few spaces suitable for the establishment of collection points that meet the requirements of hygiene. “If necessary, we can do it,” Aufricht said, adding that she cared about protecting the residents who came to be tested, as well as those who would carry out the tests. “Test staff will be in direct contact with tens of thousands of potentially positive people, and every single person tested will be in contact with them,” she said.
According to her, the self-governments of the capital are capable of doing so and they did it during a nationwide testing at the turn of October and November 2020. According to her, the inhabitants of Bratislava are also responsible. “All mayors are pursuing a common goal, which is to end the pandemic and enable a quick return to a normal life with culture, school, proper shaking work, social gatherings and entertainment,” the mayor said. She reminded that the buses were used at the suggestion of the Old Town during last year’s autumn nationwide testing, and a similar solution, according to Aufricht, will probably not be avoided by the city district even now. “Due to the temperatures needed to evaluate the tests, testing in tents will not be possible,” she said.
The mayor of Bratislava, Matúš Vallo, and the mayors of Bratislava declared on Friday that the capital is ready for comprehensive testing, provided that this is agreed with the Slovak government and that sufficient tests or medical staff are provided. “Area testing makes sense if, after a few weeks, we don’t get to the same state as before. This therefore requires further measures to reduce mobility, and these municipalities are not completely in their hands and we cannot rely on them completely, “said Vallo.
The mayor of Bratislava’s Záhorská Bystrica and the head of the regional association of Bratislava city districts, Jozef Krúpa, declared on Friday that the city and city districts are ready to cooperate in comprehensive testing of people, but he claims it is necessary to clarify what will follow testing. Bratislava and its city districts are currently calling for the establishment of another 20 to 25 mobile collection points in the city, where people can be tested.
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