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Some airlines plan to launch flights soon

But the crisis staff will have the final say on opening airports.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. May 2020, at 22:33

The airport in Bratislava

Slovaks will be able to stay abroad for longer, cinemas and theatres to open on Sundays

Group of experts has updated some conditions for measures eased in the fourth stage.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. May 2020, at 22:27

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Blog: We can't close our eyes to the inequality accentuated by COVID-19

Walk in the shoes of Arantxa Ferrer, a physiotherapist volunteering for a Slovak NGO in Albania during the coronavirus pandemic.Arantxa Ferrer25. May 2020, at 15:25

Tirana, Albania

Coronavirus in Slovakia: 2 new cases confirmed (graphs)

The total number of cases has exceeded 1,510.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. May 2020, at 10:02

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UPDATED: 25. May 2020, at 22:48

Smart quarantine finally launched

The app has been approved only for phones with the Android operating system.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. May 2020, at 9:48

The new app for smart quarantine.

How the app for smart quarantine will work

The state is expected to monitor people via their own mobile phones.Michal Katuška, 21. May 2020, at 23:20

Good news from Slovakia: A gift to SAV will help double the testing

The Slovenská Sporiteľňa Foundation allocates €500,000.Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. May 2020, at 13:15

The Biomedical Research Centre of SAV will soon be able to use new device for coronavirus tests.
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Border checks prolonged until late June (news digest)

State to help pay rent and provide aid to tour operators.Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. May 2020, at 21:32

Slovakia earns reputation as a success story in the coronavirus pandemic

What international media are writing about the coronavirus in Slovakia and its strategy to contain the outbreak.Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. May 2020, at 13:54

PM Igor Matovič and President Zuzana Čaputová

Coronavirus travel restrictions on Slovakia's borders: How to visit the neighbouring countries

Austria opened borders for EU citizens with a negative COVID-19 test. Take a look at our overview.Lukáš Onderčanin19. May 2020, at 21:58

The police speak with a driver on the Bratislava-Berg border crossing on May 17, 2020.

Masks will not be compulsory outside, schools open in June

Slovakia enters fourth stage of easing coronavirus measures.Compiled by Spectator staff, 18. May 2020, at 17:47

PM Igor Matovič (OĽaNO) when introducing the 4th phase.

Good news from Slovakia: Armed forces received new devices to fight the coronavirus

Hospitals and the armed forces will continue to use them after the pandemic is over.Compiled by Spectator staff, 18. May 2020, at 13:46

PM Igor Matovič (l) and Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď have their body temperature measured by the new thermo camera.
Today in Slovakia

New tests, new quarantine rules, and economic statistics (news digest)

Your overview of news from Slovakia on Friday, May 15, 2020.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. May 2020, at 17:33

President Zuzana Čaputová visited several places around Slovakia to thank the people in the front line. Here she is pictured in the COVID-19 tent at Trnava hospital.
UPDATED: 15. May 2020, at 11:36

Quarantine to become more “smart”

The new measures should be applied on Monday, May 18 in a testing operation.Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. May 2020, at 23:37

The state quarantine centre in Gabčíkovo.

State-guaranteed loans should help companies struggling with coronavirus crisis

Parliament adopted measures to help businesses.Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. May 2020, at 13:14

Schools might open in June in Slovakia as coronavirus numbers remain low

School attendance should be strictly voluntary, no more than 15 kids per class.Compiled by Spectator staff, 13. May 2020, at 13:44

Children have been out of school for two months now.

If there was a vaccine for COVID-19 available, 41 percent of Slovaks would opt for a shot

Most respondents who would not take the vaccine said it might cause bigger problems or they do not think it could help.Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. May 2020, at 13:49

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Small shopping centres and terraces open. These rules come into force on May 6

Hygienists published detailed instructions only hours before the new rules came into force.Michal Katuška, 6. May 2020, at 9:30

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Antibody tests help uncover those who overcame COVID-19 in the past

Labs offer antibody tests to paying clients.Jana Liptáková, 5. May 2020, at 22:24

Testing for COVID-19 antibodies at Alpha Medical.

Good news from Slovakia: Retired partisan played for pensioners in his garden

92-year-old Vladimír Strmeň played accordion for three days in Radvaň.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. May 2020, at 22:55

Vladimír Strmeň