N95 respirators recommended for shops and public transport

The cabinet passed reduced VAT on respirators for two months. It now needs parliament's approval.

Illustrative stock photoIllustrative stock photo (Source: AP/TASR)

Given the occurrence of more contagious coronavirus mutations already present in Slovakia, the cabinet recommends wearing N95/FFP2/FFP3 respirators in public interior spaces, shops and public transport.

“If worn properly, the efficiency is very high, at 98 percent,” Health Minister Marek Krajčí (OĽaNO) said.

He particularly recommends respirators for spaces where people can meet with others who can potentially be infected. The mask is more sufficient protection against the British strain, he added.

When travelling by public transport, Krajčí also does not recommend talking to other people or talking on the phone.

Zero VAT proposed

To make the FFP2 and FFP3 respirators more available to people, the cabinet approved a proposal to impose a zero VAT on them until the end of April, so that people can buy them for the best price possible.

The proposal will now be discussed by the parliament in a fast-track proceeding.

There should be enough respirators stored by the Administration of State Material Reserves (SŠHR), said Labour Minister Milan Krajniak.

The state plans to order the SŠHR to allocate some 500,000 respirators, so that every person who tests positive in the antigen test can receive three respirators, Krajčí said.

Read more about coronavirus in Slovakia:

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Coronavirus

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

Igor Matovič (left) and Richard Sulík (right) in May 2020.

The far-right is falling, SaS stays ahead of OĽaNO

Za Ľudí would return to the parliament, according to the latest poll.

7 h
Illustrative stock photo

Gov't approved stricter Covid measures. If ineffective, hard lockdown will follow

FFP2 respirators will be obligatory, some schools will close again.

20 h
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use in the EU on January 29, 2021.

We need to talk about AstraZeneca. Without curse words

If you can’t deliver — fine. Then don’t say you can.

28. feb