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Targeted group coronavirus testing will be extended to regional civil servants from Monday, based on experiences gained during the testing of people working in nurseries, schools and care homes, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Saturday.

The government launched nationwide targeted group testing on 20 November, using antigen rapid tests. Student and government agency volunteers joined professionals to conduct the tests.

Based on an analysis of data from the first and second weeks, a decision will be made on whether to conduct further tests in these professional groups at a later date, the statement said. Last week’s results indicated that the employees of care homes have a higher rate of transmission than other occupational groups.

First Round of Targeted Mass Testing: Thousands of Essential Workers Test Positive
First Round of Targeted Mass Testing: Thousands of Essential Workers Test Positive

The government presented the results of the first round of mass testing at the daily press conference of the operative board. Although the board expected a higher participation rate as the participation was voluntary, but still a total of 181,506 people tested themselves last week. Out of this number, 2.44 percent, a total of 4,436 […]Continue reading

All employees of government and district offices will be tested free of charge and on a voluntary basis.

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