Thousands of people quarantined in five Roma communities

Five communities in three municipalities in Slovakia were closed due to fear of the coronavirus spreading.

(Source: Michal Iván)

There are quite a lot of people infected within a relatively small territory, PM Igor Matovič said after the crisis staff announced the decision to quarantine five Roma communities as of Wednesday midnight.

Speaking after his session with the mayors of the affected municipalities in eastern Slovakia, the prime minister said he did not want to specify the number in order to "not incite emotions".

Their decision came on the heels of his announcement earlier in the day on April 8, International Roma Day, that at least 31 of the 101 positive cases from Tuesday testing were located in Roma communities.

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