“It’s an unpopular measure, but absolutely unavoidable,” President Zuzana Caputova stated Tuesday after visiting a significant medical facility within the capital of Bratislava.
Caputova stated what she noticed at Bratislava College Hospital “was tragic, was horrible.”
“Experts are clear,” she stated. “It’s necessary to restrict people’s mobility, we need a lockdown … unfortunately, it’s a measure that has to affect everyone.”
Slovakia reported 9,171 new virus instances on Friday, surpassing the earlier record of 8,342 set only some days earlier.
On Monday, Slovakia imposed new restrictions focusing on the unvaccinated, who’re banned from all nonessential shops and purchasing malls. They’re additionally not allowed to attend any public occasions or gatherings and are required to check twice per week to go to work.
The variety of hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers rose by 161 to three,182 on Monday, effectively above the three,000-bed degree thought-about essential by Slovakia’s Well being Ministry. It stated greater than 82% of the sufferers haven’t been absolutely vaccinated.
At 45.3%, Slovakia’s vaccination charge is likely one of the lowest within the EU, effectively beneath the 27-nation bloc’s common of 65.5%.
General, the nation of 5.5 million has registered 621,423 virus instances with 13,985 deaths.
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