Incomers from countries where Omicron was confirmed asked to report to authorities

Slovakia's Public Health Authority is working on new border rules.

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The Public Health Authority (ÚVZ) calls on all those who have come to Slovakia from countries where the new Omicron variant has been confirmed to report it to a special e-mail address.

The call is directed to people who in the last 14 days have visited South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Israel, Hong Kong or Seychelles, the ÚVZ spokesperson announced on November 27.

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By Sunday evening, about 70 such people contacted the hygienists.

Travellers are requested to contact the authority at omikron@uvzsr.sk, and state their name, surname, phone number and the district where they are currently staying. They will be subsequently contacted by their respective regional public health office.

These people are "strictly recommended" to minimise their contacts, regardless of their vaccination status.

The ÚVZ is working on a new directive for incoming travelers from the aforementioned countries.

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"We request the public to adhere to the valid measures for incomers from abroad, until the new rules for crossing borders are issued," Daša Račková, the ÚVZ spokesperson, stated.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan Korčok asked Slovakia's inhabitants on Friday not to travel abroad unless necessary.

Meanwhile, the Czech authorities are investigating the first suspected Omicron case in the country, found in a woman who came to Czechia from Namibia.

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