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Slovak beer sales down

BEER sales have fallen in the first quarter of 2003 by 9 per cent to 859,369 hectolitres. This is the first drop in three years.

The only brewery that increased sales during the quarter was Stein brewery in Bratislava, which saw a 10 per cent rise to 31,000 hectolitres.

Brewers blame the drop on the threefold increase in tax on beer.

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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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