Up to 8000 soldiers and 50,000 state officials could be deployed to carry out a Slovakian plan to mass test all citizens over the age of 10 for coronavirus.
All available soldiers, police officers and firefighters would be deployed on the unprecedented project, dubbed "Joint Responsibility," the country's Defence Minister Jaroslav Nad said on Sunday following an extraordinary government meeting, TASR news agency reported.
Prime Minister Igor Matovic said there had been a "long and spirited debate" on whether to make testing compulsory but no final decision had been reached.
"In order for this to be successful, we need the greatest turnout possible," he said.
The alternative was a nationwide lockdown, he said.
Trial testing will take place from Friday to Sunday in the country's coronavirus hotspots, while further testing will take place on October 30-November 1 and November 6-8.
Testing teams will be led by armed forces and also consist of police and medical personnel.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Slovakia has recorded 29,835 coronavirus cases and 88 related fatalities, with a significant surge in cases in recent weeks.