New cases reported

Coronavirus

New cases reported

04. 06. 2020 10:00

UPDATE: One new case of coronavirus infection was reported on Wednesday increasing the total number to 1,526.  Out of the total number of positive patients in Slovakia 41% percent are  people who contracted the virus abroad most of them in Austria (217) followed by UK (118),  Germany (50) and the Czech Republic (44), according to Public Health Office's data as of May 29th.  Only 22 cases were "imported" from Italy and 9 from Spain. In about a third of cases the place where the virus was contracted is unknown. A total of 2,135 tests were performed on Wednesday.

So far 1,376 patients have recovered and 28 people died. Out of the total number of victims 13 were clients of a retirement home in Pezinok where community spread happened and three were from a retirmenet home in Martin.

A total of 32 patients in Slovakia have been hospitalized as of Wednesday- 3 have been confirmed as positive with zero patients in intensive care and none connected to lung ventilators. The rest are waiting for the test results. More details on the number of negative tests here.

Most patients are in the Bratislava region - 367 as of Wednesday followed by the Košice region (263), Zilina region (191) and the Prešov region (180). You can find more on the interactive map of confirmed cases.

If you have symptoms and would like to be tested you can fill in an online appointment form.

- Based on calculations from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's nCov working group , Slovak analysts estimate that as of Monday, May 4th, in Slovakia the real number of cases of people infected with coronavirus and showing some symptoms has been between 1,408 ( the official number reported by Public Health Office based on the results of performed tests is 1,421) and 4, 542. Some have never been tested.


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- Changes in the law regarding foreigners' residence came into force on April 9th. If you have any questions on this topic contact the Human Rights League.

-The Government banned the sale of respirators to the general public in order to make them available to medical staff and security forces amid the coronavirus outbreak. Health Minister Marek Krajčí (OLaNO)  added that those wearing respirators protect only themselves, but not others, as any pathogens are spread out from respirators during exhalation; people wearing respirators will need to cover them with surgical masks. Those who have some unused respirators are asked to hand them over to professionals.

-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.

-Slovak Police have created special corridors for trucks carrying suppplies in order to ensure fluid traffic flow at border crossings and across the country. Here is a map of those corridors done by Police who inform drivers that they can also find gas stations and rest areas on these routes.

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Anca Dragu, Photo: AP/TASR

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