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Refugee camp set up in east

A TEMPORARY refugee camp has been opened in the village of Biely Potok in central Slovakia in response to an increase in asylum seekers.

Bernard Priecel, head of the country's Migration Office, said the temporary shelter was to house about 150 people until March 2003, when it would be replaced by a proper refugee camp further in the east of the country. Slovakia currently has four refugee camps.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) branch office in Slovakia, the country received 5,007 applications for asylum in the first eight months of 2002.

Most of the applicants came from Afghanistan, Iraq, China, India, Bangladesh and the Russian Federation.

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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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