Poland to help Slovaks with Covid-19 testing - PM

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Some 200 Polish medics will assist their Slovak peers in Slovakia's coronavirus testing programme, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, said in Warsaw before their departure to Poland's southern neighbour.

"We want to offer help in border areas so that we can be better secured against the pandemic, but solidarity is also Poland's export brand," the prime minister said at a departure ceremony at Warsaw Chopin Airport.

He also thanked the Polish medics who had signed up for the programme as volunteers.

"Calculations are one thing, but values and solidarity are inalienable values thanks to which the Polish brand is getting stronger around the world," Morawiecki said.

Slovakia's coronavirus screening scheme started on Monday and is to be completed by January 27. It will be run in the most serious pockets of the disease, including the Slovak-Polish border area.