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March trade figures show improvement

ALTHOUGH Slovakia's trade deficit for the first three months of 2002 was Sk800 million higher than in the same period last year, at Sk19.6 billion, the March figure showed a Sk1 billion improvement over March 2001, leading analysts to speak of slight signs the trade deficit problem was emerging from the worst. A stronger crown and lower energy prices were behind the improvement, both leading to imports being less expensive. The deficit in the current account of the balance of payments for the first two months of 2002 was Sk8.1 billion, up from Sk6 billion in January-February 2001.

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News digest: Health care staff still lacking, president asks for amends

Slovakia is preparing to launch the nationwide testing on Saturday morning, but the government admitted they still need hundreds of health care staff. Kotleba violates quarantine and hospitals in the north are full.

The Bratislava Self-Governing Region started testing its staff on October 30.

Testing is impossible to carry out as planned, president says

President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.

President Zuzana Čaputová met with the representatives of the armed forces.

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.

Health care professionals still lacking ahead of Saturday's testing

Government avoids mobilisation for now, PM offers an extra bonus to health care professionals who can serve the whole weekend.

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