In order to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, Slovakia will have a night curfew from Wednesday, the Ministry of Health has announced.
In Slovakia, which has the highest Covid-19-related mortality rate in the world, people will no longer be allowed to be outside their homes between 8 pm and 5 am.
The night curfew will be valid until March 19 and may be extended.
Also during the day, Slovaks are invited to stay at home as much as possible and go outside only in case of great need, for example, to go to work, to take a dog for a walk or to visit a doctor.
In Slovakia, with a population of 5.4 million, 24 Covid-19 victims per 100,000 have been registered in the last 14 days, according to data compiled by the news agency AFP.
The high number of deaths is due to a number of factors, and Slovakia has made a number of mistakes, Peter Visolajski, president of the Medical Unions Association, told AFP earlier.
“The quarantine regime was introduced too late and is not properly monitored. This mortality rate is also due to the general poor state of health care in Slovakia,” Visolajski said.
The expert believes that stricter compliance with existing restrictions could reduce the spread of the virus.
Slovakia became the second country in the European Union (EU) on Monday after Hungary, which received a dose of the Sputnik V vaccine developed by Russia. Slovakia has ordered two million doses.
However, the Russian vaccine has caused controversy in Slovakia’s ruling coalition.
Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok has called Sputnik V an instrument in the Kremlin’s hybrid war against the West.
One of the center-right parties in the coalition has called for a reorganization of the government, accusing the government of an inadequate response to the pandemic and the purchase of Russian vaccines without the consent of the entire cabinet.
Slovak President Zuzana Čaputova has said that only vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency should be used in the vaccination campaign. “Sputnik V” has no such approval.
Slovakia has also requested the assistance of other EU Member States in the fight against the pandemic. Poland has agreed to treat ten Slovak patients, and Romania has sent a medical team to Slovakia.