Hard lockdown will not be necessary in Slovakia

Coronavirus situation improved in the country in mid-March, but lifting measures would be premature.

Acting Health Minister Eduard HegerActing Health Minister Eduard Heger (Source: TASR)

A hard lockdown will not be needed in Slovakia now that the second wave of the pandemic has seemingly passed its peak.

Acting Health Minister Eduard Heger (OĽaNO) announced this during the Health Ministry's regular weekly pandemic situation update on March 16.

The hard lockdown was an option in Slovakia in the event there was no improvement after the government toughened up the anti-Covid measures in the country in early March. Slovakia has avoided this for now, but lifting any of the currently applied measures would be premature, Heger stressed.

The latest measures also include the obligation to wear an FFP2 respirator indoors as of March 8.

The Pandemic Commission has recommended the government prolong the national emergency by another 40 days. The national emergency and curfew that is currently in place expires this week, on March 19.

"Unless we prolong the national emergency, our system of pandemic protection would collapse," the minister said, as quoted by the Sme daily.

The Slovak Spectator will bring more details of the pandemic situation and the regional measures on Wednesday.

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