BUSINESS BRIEFS

Petrol prices cushioned by dollar

THE EFFECTS of an increase in duties on petrol and diesel may be softened by the weak dollar, lower oil prices, and a reduction in VAT, analysts say.

Tax on petrol is due to rise by Sk3.1 (€0.08) per litre, and on diesel by Sk2.7 (€0.07).

Currently, VAT on petrol and diesel is set at 20 percent, but this is due to be reduced to 19 percent on July 1 when the new tax regulations come into force.

Analysts predict that the price rises will cause a drop in consumption.

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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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