Ombudswoman: Today’s state quarantine may lead to more COVID-19 cases

Recommendations have been sent to the government and the crisis management team.

Slovak Ombudswoman Mária Patakyová meets a fellow ombudsman and ombudswomen from neighbouring countries in May 2019 in Bratislava.Slovak Ombudswoman Mária Patakyová meets a fellow ombudsman and ombudswomen from neighbouring countries in May 2019 in Bratislava. (Source: TASR)

Ombudswoman Mária Patakyová is demanding Chief Hygienist Ján Mikas change how state quarantine is run in Slovakia. She has concerns that fundamental human rights are being infringed upon in the process.

Slovak citizens who returned from abroad and ended up in state-run quarantine facilities have turned to Patakyová with a number of complaints.

Read alsoFrom abroad to Slovakia: What repatriations look like Read more 

“Many are refusing to return because they are afraid of infection that may result from the state transport and their placement in a state facility serving quarantine purposes,” the Ombudswoman said.

She believes, despite the pandemic, Slovakia’s approach is unacceptable in a democratic society.

Patakyová has therefore sent a letter with recommendations to the government, and the permanent and chief crisis management teams.

State quarantine as a source of COVID-19

The rest of this article is premium content at
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on and

Top stories

News digest: Former PM met with people close to corruption scandals

Košice and Bratislava finally get highway connection - via Hungary. Supreme Court hands editor-in-chief of Zem a Vek magazine €4,000 fine.

6 h

Thumbelina and Ugly Duckling, soon to be read by Rusyns in their native language

An architect decided to make a book translation and collected money via crowdfunding.

8 h
Illustrative stock photo

What is next for philanthropy?

Martina Kolesárová describes the current trends reshaping philanthropy with the aim of delivering meaningful solutions with a lasting impact.

12 h obtained photos from a cottage, where Robert Fico (top right) would meet Miroslav Bödör (on his left), attorney Marek Para (bottom left) and Pavol Gašpar.

Police recorded cottage meetings of Fico, Kaliňák and people close to corruption cases

Prosecutors claim the recordings confirm attempts to interfere with the investigation of major corruption cases under Smer governments.

25. okt
Skryť Close ad