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It seems the epidemiological situation in Slovakia is not improving.
The entire country remains in the Warning Level 4 black tier. At the regional level, the number of districts in the black tier will increase from 20 to 30 on March 8. Another 46 will be in the dark red tier, and the remaining three in the red tier.
The worst situation is in hospitals, where the number of hospitalised patients suffering from Covid-19 or suspected of being infected broke another record. The number of free beds with lung ventilators is enormously low, according to Health Minister Marek Krajčí (OĽaNO).
Tiers of districts from March 8
Districts at Warning Level 4 (black)
• Bánovce nad Bebravou • Detva • Dolný Kubín • Dunajská Streda • Galanta • Hlohovec • Humenné • Ilava • Košice I - IV • Košice - okolie • Martin • Nové Mesto nad Váhom • Partizánske • Piešťany • Považská Bystrica • Púchov • Revúca • Rimavská Sobota • Rožňava • Ružomberok • Šaľa • Trenčín • Trnava • Turčianske Teplice • Žarnovica • Žiar nad Hronom • Zvolen
Districts at Warning Level 3 (dark red)
• Banská Bystrica • Banská Štiavnica • Bardejov • Bratislava I - V • Brezno • Bytča • Čadca • Gelnica • Komárno • Krupina • Kysucké Nové Mesto • Levice • Levoča • Liptovský Mikuláš • Lučenec • Malacky • Michalovce • Myjava • Námestovo • Nitra • Nové Zámky • Pezinok • Poltár • Poprad • Prešov • Prievidza • Sabinov • Senec • Senica • Skalica • Snina • Sobrance • Spišská Nová Ves • Stará Ľubovňa • Stropkov • Svidník • Topoľčany • Trebišov • Veľký Krtíš • Vranov nad Topľou • Žilina • Zlaté Moravce
Districts at Warning Level 2 (red)
• Kežmarok • Medzilaborce • Tvrdošín
At the same time, mobility grew compared with the previous week. Krajčí named pandemic weariness as the reason. People have a problem sticking to the currently valid measures, although some of them still adhere to the rules, he added.
What rules apply in the tiers:
Schools (kindergartens, grades one to four of primary schools, final grades of secondary schools)
- Black tier: closed
- Dark red tier: based on the recommendation of the Regional Public Health Authority (RÚVZ)
- Red tier: Open
Test validity for work (depends on the district where one works)
- Black and dark red tiers: 7 days
- Red tier: 14 days
Travelling out to nature
- Black tier: only within the district, forbidden to travel in or out of the district
- Dark red and red tiers: travelling between districts allowed with a test no older than 7 days
Changes in schools from Monday
Originally, the cabinet proposed in the measures adopted on February 28, that kindergartens and grades one to four of primary schools should be open only for children whose parents need to be present at their workplace already from Wednesday, March 3. However, the Education Ministry later changed plans and stricter rules will come into force only next Monday, March 8.Read more
The ministry is supposed to prepare a document with more rules for schools until then, the TASR newswire reported.
A parent who will bring a child to kindergarten or school will have to show a negative test not older than seven days and a confirmation that they need to be present at their work.
Students of final grades of secondary schools and children without access to remote education will be able to attend in-person classes.
Read more about coronavirus in Slovakia:
- Measures valid in Slovakia as of February 8 and updates on the requirement of a negative test result
- Statistics of the positive coronavirus cases
- Tightened border regime: State orders self-isolation and testing for all incomers as of February 17
- Do I have the new coronavirus? How to proceed if you have a suspicion
- I encountered a person who is COVID-19 positive. What do I do next? (FAQ)
- When will I get my COVID vaccine? FAQs about vaccination in Slovakia
3. Mar 2021 at 11:46 | Compiled by Spectator staff