Testing of children for a new coronavirus as part of a national survey on the prevalence of covid-19 will begin on Tuesday, government spokesman Jelko Kacin told STA. An estimated 1,500 people still did not consent to the test.
So far, out of the 3,000 invited, 1320 people have given their consent to participate in the survey, Kacin said last week.
According to him, in the coming days, testing of children will be performed by specially trained nurses, and this will be the last part of the research, followed by the processing of blood samples. The results are expected to be available after May Day.
So far, 1320 people have given their consent to participate in the survey, out of 3000 invited, Kacin. Asked what they would do if 1,500 people did not agree to the test, he replied that those who wished to do so would still be able to apply in the next few days. Kacin has no doubt that a sample of 1,500 people will be reached. They will also be invited to participate in Tuesday's news conference, he announced.
Exact information on how many invitations were rejected, Head of the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology Miroslav Petrovec he did not have one at a news conference on Friday, and the last number he had at his disposal was about 500. One of the most common reasons for refusal was the fear of an investigation, saying that taking a swab was painful. He noted that these allegations had been made several times “theoretically rejected”, media reports that have followed several sampling procedures in recent days have shown this in practice. As he said, all the investigators claimed that it was a banal procedure that does not hurt. According to the latest data, 1221 samples were taken.
As Kacin explained today, an advisory group at the Ministry of Health, led by an infectologist, is also constantly active Bojana Beović. He is also active during weekends and holidays. The results of the national survey and the epidemiological indicators of the covid-19 epidemic will be the basis for new relaxation of measures, including restrictions on movement and work in educational institutions. Beovic said that, at the initiative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, they had also been addressing the issue of the opinion of the medical profession regarding the opening of schools for the last three days. They have made recommendations and positions that are still being coordinated. Intense group discussions are also underway to restrict movement to municipalities. “We combine all the possible data we have available. But foreign reports are not very helpful because most of the restraint measures were much more radical,” she added. However, a decision has not yet been made.
On Tuesday, however, the deadline for the ministries to submit reports on the provision of protective equipment during the covid-19 epidemic and on the state of the equipment at the time of handover on the occasion of the new government of Janez Janša expires. Kacin has yet to say for sure when the government will consider these reports because they must first be reviewed and read, which will certainly take a day or two.