Fewer people in hospitals, restaurants and cafés won't open

The government will reconsider the valid rules only after the New Year, Omicron may complicate matters.

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Despite the gradually decreasing number of hospitalised Covid patients, Slovakia will not switch back to regional rules.

The Covid automat warning system, with a different alert at the district level based on epidemic indicators, had been valid until the lockdown imposed in the country starting on November 25, 2021. Shortly before, the number of hospitalised patients with Covid-19 had exceeded 3,200 for the first time, a number that the Health Ministry earlier indicated as the limit beyond which hospitals would be at a risk of collapsing.

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The number of patients in hospitals dropped below 3,000 last week for the first time in a month. On December 19, hospitals reported that they were treating 2,984 Covid patients.

In response to the calls of some coalition politicians to revert to the Covid automat warning system, the Health Ministry advises maintaining caution.

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