Coronavirus company news summary – Slovakia to deploy army to test population of 5.5m for Covid-19

22 October 2020 (Last Updated October 22nd, 2020 11:38)

22 October

Slovakian prime minister Igor Matovic has ordered the thorough testing of the country's 5.45 million population. Matovic has deployed the military to 5,000 sites across the country to curb the spread of Covid-19 and prevent further lockdowns. The army will be testing citizens above the age of 10, and those who refuse will undergo a 10-day quarantine period or pay a US$1,949 fine.

Approximately 131 new Covid-19 cases have been reported in Ukraine’s army in the last 24 hours. While the total number of positive cases touched 1,107, about 3,433 have recovered from the disease since its inception. A total of 14 deaths were accounted for, and 394 remain in self-isolation. The country reported 6,719 infected cases over the last 24 hours.

Germany is set to deploy 160 Bundeswehr soldiers to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) member countries to support them in their Covid-19 efforts. The country will be providing specialists and medical professionals not only to NATO members but also to its allies. Member countries have requested for Germany’s support, as they struggle to cope with the high rate of Covid-19 infections.