Even more districts in the black tier, no room for lifting measures now

Every three hours, one patient dies in Košice hospital, chief infectologist says.

Empty Obchodná Street in BratislavaEmpty Obchodná Street in Bratislava (Source: TASR)

Slovakia is still in the black tier when looking at the national level of the Covid-19 automat alert system.

In regional terms, 20 of Slovakia's districts are still marked as black-tier districts, the highest-level alert, while 53 districts are dark red. This is the classification that will apply as of Monday, March 1. In the dark red districts, a negative test result is necessary every seven days when going to work.

Six districts are in the red tier, where a negative test no older than 14 days is required. Last week, 10 districts were marked as red.

In Slovakia, the situation with the number of new cases and hospitalised patients has deteriorated again.

The seven-day rolling average is 5,089 new cases a day. 4,017 people have been hospitalised with Covid-19 in the hospitals.

Health Minister Marek Krajčí sees no room for lifting measures. Such a step would cause a faster deterioration of the pandemic situation in the country, he said.

Infectologist Pavol Jarčuška sees a quite balanced trend with the statistics of Covid-19 deaths, suggesting they are even decreasing a little.

On the other hand, he said, in the last week Slovakia recorded 608 deaths from Covid-19 and 77 deaths with Covid-19.

“What is alarming is one patient with Covid-19 dies in our hospital on average every three hours,” said the head of the clinic of infectology and travel medicine of Košice-based University Hospital of Louis Pasteur, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

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