Around 2.58 million people in Slovakia were tested on the first day of countrywide coronavirus testing on Saturday, Slovakian news agency TASR reported.
Of those tested, 25,850 or approximately 1% tested positive for the virus, according to TASR.
After seeing a recent surge of infections across Slovakia, Prime Minister Igor Matovic announced last month a plan to test everyone aged 10 years and over in the country for Covid-19.
Matovic said “testing will be free-of-charge” for the population of 5.4 million.
Five thousand testing stations were set up for the operation and up to 20 thousand health workers have been involved in the testing.
Slovakia went into an official state of emergency on October 1 when its infection rates started going up.
According to TASR, the Prime Minister on Sunday said that the mask mandate for all public areas and other measures, including a ban on mass gatherings, will remain in place even after the mass testing is completed.