Slovakia proposes a closure amid a record escalation in the number of injuries

Slovakia proposes a closure amid a record escalation in the number of injuries

Bratislava Slovakia’s leaders have proposed a national lockdown as hospitals across the EU country are reaching their borders amid a record spike in coronavirus infections.

Inspired by neighboring Austria, the Slovak government is set to discuss a lockdown for all – vaccinated and unvaccinated alike – at its session Wednesday. Prime Minister Edward Heger said it was necessary to act “immediately”. His four-party coalition government has been considering a two- or three-week shutdown.

“It is an unpopular procedure, but it is absolutely inevitable,” President Zuzana Caputova said on Tuesday after visiting a major medical facility in the capital, Bratislava.

Caputova said what she witnessed at Bratislava University Hospital “was tragic, it was horrific.”

“The experts are clear,” she said. “It is necessary to restrict the movement of people, we need to close … Unfortunately, this measure must affect everyone.”

Slovakia reported 9,171 new cases of the virus on Friday, surpassing the previous record of 8,342 just a few days ago.

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On Monday, Slovakia imposed new restrictions targeting the unvaccinated, banned from all non-essential stores and shopping centres. They are also not allowed to attend any public events or gatherings and are required to test twice a week to go to work.

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals rose 161 to 3,182 on Monday, well above the 3,000-bed level considered critical by the Slovak Ministry of Health. She said more than 82% of patients were not fully vaccinated.

Slovakia’s vaccination rate is 45.3%, one of the lowest in the European Union and well below the 27-country mass average of 65.5%.

Overall, the country of 5.5 million people has recorded 621,423 cases of the virus with 13,985 deaths.

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