Slovakia will restrict non-vaccinated people to tame the coronavirus outbreak

Slovakia will restrict non-vaccinated people to tame the coronavirus outbreak

Bratislava – Slovakia plans to impose new restrictions on unvaccinated people in a bid to tame the recent wave of coronavirus infections that have caused a “critical” situation in the country’s hospitals, the prime minister said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Edward Heeger said his government will vote Thursday on the latest proposals made by an advisory group of medical experts that will be in effect for three weeks. Among the proposed measures, people who have not been vaccinated will be banned from all non-essential stores, malls, gyms, swimming pools and hotels. They will also not be allowed to attend any mass public gatherings such as sporting events.

“The situation in hospitals is critical,” Heger said, adding that some hospitals have already reached their maximum limits for COVID-19 patients in their intensive care units and are moving new patients to other facilities.

Unvaccinated people will be able to get to their workplaces with negative virus tests.

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The prime minister said if the situation does not improve in the next three weeks, the government is ready to impose further restrictions. He urged unvaccinated Slovaks to get their vaccines.

The health ministry said the number of COVID-10 patients requiring hospital treatment rose to a total of 2,826, with 225 admitted on Monday alone. More than 81% of hospitalized patients are not fully vaccinated.

Slovakia, one of the worst affected countries in the European Union, has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the 27-nation bloc. Only about 45% of about 5.5 million people have been fully vaccinated.

In the latest wave, new coronavirus infections in Slovakia hit a daily record of 7,244 cases on Friday.

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