New cases reported

New cases reported

UPDATE: Seventy-five new cases of coronavirus infection were reported on Tuesday increasing the total number to 2,690. The number of deaths (31) has not changed. You can find more on the interactive map of confirmed cases.

The majority of new cases are people who returned from countries for which registration and testing after arrival in Slovakia is compulsory and contacts of employees infected in a few factories in the Trenčin region.

The Regional Public Health Office in Bratislava reports that among the positive cases recorded on Thursday in the capital and its district there are Slovak tourists returning from holidays in Croatia, Spain, UAE and Egypt, two people coming from Ukraine and one from Serbia. Three patients do not know where they could have possibly got the virus as they have no recent travel history and do not know any infected person.

A total of 3,131 tests were performed on Tuesday.

So far 1,884 patients have recovered and 31 people died. Out of the total number of victims 16 were clients of a retirement home in Pezinok where community spread happened and three were from a retiremenet home in Martin. A total of 58 patients in Slovakia have been hospitalized as of Tuesday.

According to epidemiologists, 38.4 percent of the coronavirus cases that were recorded in the country in July were imported from abroad, with most infected people coming to Slovakia from Ukraine (81), Serbia (65), Czechia (48) and UK (19). Almost 61 percent of all positive cases recorded during this period had no symptoms prior to testing.

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.

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

-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