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Slovakia Becomes Second EU Country to Enter Lockdown Due to High Infection Rates

The Slovak government declared a 90-day state of emergency and ordered a two-week national lockdown as the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the country rose.

During the two-week lockdown, Slovaks will only be able to leave their homes for essential reasons such as getting groceries and medicines, traveling to work and school, or getting vaccinated. Those who remain unvaccinated will be required to provide a negative test or evidence that they have previously had COVID-19 in order to gain access to work, reports.

“In Slovakia, a state of emergency and a curfew is in effect for 90 days from Thursday 25 November 2021, excluding the time from 1.00 to 5.00. The Slovak Ministry of the Interior announced that there is also a ban on gatherings of more than six people, with the exception of people living in the same house.

In general, Central Europe is subject to an increasing rate of infections with COVID-19, in response the Austrian government imposed a national lockdown until December 13. Moreover, the neighboring countries of Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, are seeing a rise in COVID infections. Moreover, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data, Germany reported more than 1,000 deaths and more than 367,000 positive cases in the past week, also setting a record of more than 100,000 deaths.

On Wednesday, newly elected German Chancellor Olaf Schulz said the situation is challenging and that nothing in terms of restrictions and closures is not ruled out to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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The decision comes after President Susanna Shaputova said on Tuesday that the country is losing its battle against the coronavirus. She also noted that the lockdown was prolonged because the healthcare staff had become overstretched, and the number of patients in hospitals had become almost unbearable.

The Slovakian Ministry of Health revealed that the country has exceeded the limit of 3,000 hospitalizations, noting that nearly 83 percent of those in hospital have not been vaccinated. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), 47.6 per cent of the Slovak adult population is partially vaccinated, while 45.7 per cent have been fully vaccinated, about 20.1 per cent lower than the overall EU average for full immunization. / Residents of the European Economic Area.

WHO data shows that 53,530 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Slovakia during the past seven days, bringing the total number of recorded infection rates to 631,738. In addition, since the outbreak of the epidemic, 14,056 virus-related deaths have been recorded in the country In the past week, 369 of these were reported.

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