More districts in the black tier as the pandemic situation worsens

Scientists recommend steps to improve the situation. Let's experiment less, says President Čaputová.

Police check whether the valid measures are being observed.Police check whether the valid measures are being observed. (Source: TASR)

The epidemiological situation in Slovakia is not improving and remains serious. The entire country remains in the black tier of the COVID automat alert system, as stems from data presented by Health Minister Marek Krajčí (OĽaNO).

The situation is also critical in the districts. As of next Monday, February 22, 19 districts will be in the black tier (up from the current 13), another 50 in the dark red tier, and the remaining 10 in the red tier.

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The situation in Slovakia with the Covid-19 pandemic is extremely serious, said President Zuzana Čaputová after meeting with scientists and doctors on February 16.

She stressed the need to listen to scientists, as “the pandemic is a question for experts, and not a political issue.” It is necessary that the government responds to the current pandemic situation, the president said.

She also said the late lockdown measures are one reason for the current critical situation and called for measures that are arduous but effective.

“Let’s experiment less,” Čaputová said.

Scientists recommend several steps to solve the current situation:

  • the tracing of contacts of positive people;
  • more PCR tests and less insistence on antigen tests;
  • the examination of virus strains from around the world;
  • better organisation of data, as we do not know much about people in hospitals and the success of schools reopening.
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In addition, they recommend checking whether people are sticking to the measures, be it in self-isolation or when crossing the borders.

Čaputová and the scientists consider vaccination the best solution to the current situation, and at the same time are aware of problems with its accessibility.

“Let’s focus on whatever vaccine with a standard registration, for example by the European Medicines Agency,” she said when asked about the Sputnik V vaccine.

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