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Bratislava prepares for New Year celebrations

MONTHS ahead of the year's end, Bratislava's town hall has started preparations for the 2004 New Year's celebrations in the city centre, when 40,000 people are expected to visit the Old Town.

The upcoming New Year's party should be accompanied by a symbolic coronation ceremony, an open air disco in the area bellow Michalská brána gate, as well as the traditional main show in the Hlávne námestie square.

A novelty in the upcoming New Year's celebration will be a round box placed in front of the national theatre building, into which people will be able to slip pieces of paper on which they will be encouraged to write their wishes for the new year.

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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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