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Ordinary people in Slovakia will not be able to buy FFP2 and FFP3 type respirators.
They will be sold only to specific people and authorities, according to the law on special measures adopted to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the health sector passed by MPs on April 3.
The law was supported by 104 MPs present, the TASR newswire reported.
Suspension of sales
The law stipulates that the FFP2 and FFP3 type respirators will be sold only to:
- health care providers;
- medical workers;
- state administration and self-government bodies;
- people authorised to secure these respirators for others or perform works that require the use of these respirators.
The exception also applies to:
- people with a valid agreement to examine dead bodies with the Health Care Surveillance Authority (ÚDSZ), the provider of funerals and the employees of the ÚDSZ’s forensic and pathology departments;
- people whose health condition requires them to wear the respirators.
The Health Ministry will update the list of diagnoses requiring FFP2 and FFP3 type respirators.
If people are caught selling these types of respirators to third parties, they will be fined €500 to €1,000. The fine for legal entities may be €1,000-€10,000.
More powers for the ministry
The law also enables the Health Ministry’s collective bodies to adopt some decisions per rollam.
It will also be possible to issue some special measures to protect public health and drug policy. The Health Ministry will be able to, for example, stop the export or limit the dispensing of certain non-prescribed medication, medical aids, medical aids used for in vitro diagnostics or dietetic food, TASR reported.
The law limits some required medical examinations related to work a well.
Read more about the coronavirus outbreak in Slovakia:
- These are the measures currently in place in Slovakia
- How Slovakia prepared for the coronavirus
- Do I have the coronavirus? How to proceed if you have a suspicion
- More information about what the coronavirus is and how to protect yourself from the infection (WHO)
- Situation update on EU/EEA and the UK as of March 6 morning
- Q&A: State of emergency declared about coronavirus
6. Apr 2020 at 13:46 | Compiled by Spectator staff