3,121 patients hospitalized with Covid-19

3,121 patients hospitalized with Covid-19

UPDATE: 3,121 patients confirmed with Covid-19 were in hospitals on Tuesday (-98 in comparison to the previous day); 250 patients are in the ICU (+8 in comparison to the previous day) and a record 311 people are connected to lung ventilators (+14 in comparison to the previous day), according to data from the National Centre for Healthcare Information (NCZI).

The post-mortem examinations of another 100 patients confirmed Covid-19 caused their death increasing the total number of victims to 3,737.

A total of 2,484 new positive PCR test results and 2,996 from antigen tests were reported on Tuesday. A total of 97,514 tests (12,124 PCR tests and 85,390 antigen tests) were done on Tuesday.

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.   

So far 176,864 patients have recovered (+3,103 in comparison to the previous day) and 3,737 people died. 

A total of 75,292 people were vaccinated in Slovakia until January 19th.

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.

A stricter lockdown came into force on Friday, January 1st.

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 Public Health Office (UVZ) has issued guidelines for those who must stay isolated at home due to coronavirus infection.

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

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.

As of September 1st, employers and employees must respect a new set of rules regarding travelling.

-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