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News digest: New strain of coronavirus has not been detected in Slovakia yet

Agriculture minister was taken to the hospital. Slovak bishops warn against disinformation outlets.

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New strain from the UK not yet confirmed in Slovakia

Scientists have not detected the new coronavirus mutation in Slovakia. Finding it would require a much more detailed analysis of samples, which takes a few days, and this is not being done systematically yet in Slovakia.

Coronavirus from the UK may have reached Slovakia by now Read more 

The Scientific Park of Comenius University has won several grants to start detecting the coronavirus strain from samples. They expect to start the tests after the New Year and will analyse 500 samples in the first two months of 2021. The Health Ministry has stated whether they are going to try and extend laboratory capacities to allow them to detect the new coronavirus strain.

However, some experts argue that the new, potentially more infections, strain of the coronavirus, which has prompted European countries to impose travel restrictions on arrivals from the UK, may have reached Slovakia by now.

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