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The pandemic situation keeps improving in Slovakia and as a result, more districts will switch from black to the dark red tier on March 29. The number of patients using artificial lung ventilators remains high, said Finance Minister Eduard Heger (OĽaNO), currently at the helm of the Health Ministry as well.
“We are doing very well,” he told journalists on March 23.
All Slovakia will remain in the black tier next week, but regarding districts there will be 14 districts in the black tier (down from the current 20), while another 58 districts will be in the dark red tier and the remaining seven in the red tier.
Tiers of districts from March 29
Districts at Warning Level 4 (black)
Čadca • Gelnica • Ilava • Krupina • Kysucké Nové Mesto • Lučenec • Myjava • Nové Mesto nad Váhom • Poltár • Poprad • Ružomberok • Trenčín • Turčianske Teplice • Žilina
Districts at Warning Level 3 (dark red)
Bánovce nad Bebravou • Banská Bystrica • Banská Štiavnica • Bardejov • Bratislava I-V • Brezno • Bytča • Detva • Dolný Kubín • Dunajská Streda • Galanta • Hlohovec • Humenné • Komárno • Košice I-IV • Košice -okolie • Levoča • Liptovský Mikuláš • Malacky • Martin • Stará Ľubovňa • Stropkov • Svidník • Trebišov • Trnava • Tvrdošín • Veľký Krtíš • Vranov nad Topľou • Žarnovica • Žiar nad Hronom • Zvolen• Michalovce • Námestovo • Partizánske • Pezinok • Piešťany • Považská Bystrica • Prešov • Prievidza • Púchov • Revúca • Rimavská Sobota • Rožňava • Sabinov • Šaľa • Senec • Senica • Skalica • Snina • Sobrance • Spišská Nová Ves
Districts at Warning Level 2 (red)
Kežmarok • Levice • Medzilaborce • Nitra • Nové Zámky • Topoľčany • Zlaté Moravce
Despite the improvement, Heger stressed that it is necessary to observe the restrictions during the Easter holiday to place in early April.
“We cannot say whether we will expand the measures in the upcoming weeks and months,” Heger said.
More vaccinated clients of nursing homes
Currently there are more than 540,000 people vaccinated with the first Covid vaccine shot, and more than 241,000 people vaccinated with the second shot, the ministry said.
About 51,000 Pfizer vaccines arrive every week, and the ministry expects supplies to increase to 72,000 weekly.
At the same time, some 3,200 people receive the Moderna vaccine every week. The AstraZeneca vaccines, on the other hand, has seen a dropping out in the last two weeks. From the 100,000 vaccines Slovakia was to receive, only 12,000 a week have arrived. The country should receive more than 100,000 AstraZeneca vaccines in the next two weeks.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccines have not arrived to Slovakia. The first supplies are expected in April.
The number of vaccinated people in nursing homes has increased as well, to 60 percent of people with the first shot and 29 percent with the second one.
What rules will 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
More on coronavirus development in Slovakia:
- Measures valid in Slovakia as of March
- 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