Almost 1,500 patients hospitalized with Covid-19

Almost 1,500 patients hospitalized with Covid-19

UPDATE: 1,472 patients confirmed with Covid-19 were in hospitals on Wednesday (-19 in comparison to the previous day); 101 patients are in the ICU (+13 in comparison to the previous day) and 118 (-7 in comparison to the previous day) are connected to lung ventilators (no change in comparison to the previous day), according to data from the National Centre for Healthcare Information (NCZI)..

The post-mortem exam of 17 patients confirmed Covid-19 as their cause of death increasing the total number of victims to 749.

A total of 2,701 new positive test results (1,953 form  PCR tests and 748 from antigen tests done at healthcare facilities)  were reported on Wednesday.

The new cases are mainly contacts of people already known to be infected following some local outbreaks. Epidemiologists have also recorded cases of people who have no travel history and no known contacts with infected people, mainly in Bratislava.

You can find more on the interactive map of confirmed cases. A total of 27,885  tests  (10,723 PCR tests and 17,162 antigen tests) were done on Wednesday.

So far 56,378 patients have recovered (+2,831 in comparison to the previous day) and 749 people died.

If you have symptoms and would like to be tested you should fill in an online appointment form. Do not go to testing centres without an appointment.

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. In case the result is positive an epidemiologist WILL CALL YOU (via the contact numbers you provided when you were tested) and require from you a list of people you came into contact with and their phone numbers or how else they can be contacted. They include: spouses, children, partners and other people living in the same households, colleagues at work, any other people with whom you might have attended some gatherings such as parties, seminars and so on. Epidemiologists will then contact those people and get them tested too.

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

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