1,005 patients hospitalized with Covid-19

1,005 patients hospitalized with Covid-19

UPDATE: 1,005 patients confirmed with Covid-19 were in hospitals on Thursday; 109 patients are in the ICU and 156 people are connected to lung ventilators, according to data from the National Centre for Healthcare Information (NCZI).

The post-mortem examination of another 26 people confirmed Covid-19 caused their death increasing the total number of victims to 11,946.

A total of 362 positive results of PCR tests and 301 from antigen tests were reported on Thursday from a total of 86,375 tests (6,995 PCR tests and 79,380 antigen tests) performed.

You can find more on the interactive map of confirmed cases based on PCR tests. Up to date graphics on weekly incidence per 10,000 inhabitants per district done by independent data analysts from the platform Data bez patosu are available here.   

A total of 1,176,143 people were vaccinated in Slovakia with the first dose as of May 6th amounting to 35.64% of the optimal number needing to be vaccinated in order for the vaccination campaign to be effective. A total of 564,317 people received with the second dose of vaccine too. More on the current rules on vaccination in Slovakia here.

If you have symptoms and would like to be tested you should fill in an online appointment form for a PCR test or visit a centre that offer free of charge antigen tests.

According to the Public Health Office, if you were tested for coronavirus with a PCR test you will receive the result of the test by SMS or by email. The result of the test is automatically registered with the public health office too so you do not have to inform them.

The Slovak state social insurance agency Sociálna poisťovňa has info in English regarding nursing and sickness benefits during the epidemic.

As of February 17th, travellers to Slovakia must respect a set of rules depending on the countries they have visited two weeks prior to their arrival in Slovakia. Those who do not do it risk a fine of up to €5,000.

-The European Medicines Agency (EMA) reminds the public that there are currently no treatments authorised for COVID-19. Medicines are available for treating symptoms such as fever in line with advice from your doctor or pharmacist. The agency warns people not to buy medicines from unauthorised websites and other vendors aiming to exploit fears and concerns during the ongoing pandemic.

-The Slovak State Institute for Drugs Control (ŠÚKL) asks the public to be cautious when using self-testing kits for coronavirus bought from online shops. Such tests fall into the category of so-called in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices and are subject to regulation and certification both in the European Union and Slovakia. "We also want to remind the public that the results of such self-testing kits must be confirmed by a direct virus detection test in order to be reliable and should therefore be used wisely. We recommend the public to check some basic parameters before purchasing them," states ŠÚKL. The outer packaging should contain information about the manufacturer or about its authorized representative if the manufacturer is located outside the EU, the CE marking and instructions for use in Slovak language too.

Anca Dragu, Photo: TASR