Although the number of COVID-19 cases has been going up, the epidemiological situation in Slovakia is under control, Health Minister Marek Krajci (OLaNO) stated after a session of Slovak Government's Pandemic Commission on Tuesday, adding that Slovakia is currently facing a second wave of the novel coronavirus.
On Tuesday the Commission managed to pass a pandemic plan, the original version of which had been turned down in late July by experts due to a number of objections. The aim of the material is to help Slovakia navigate its way not only through this pandemic but also the outbreak of any other respiratory illness in the future.
Among other proposals, the plan suggests that parents be obliged to submit sworn statements that their children weren't abroad or at international summer camps during the 14 days prior to starting school.
The commission has also proposed that Slovak universities be obliged to set up quarantine accommodation for students from countries not yet on the so-called 'green country' list, with a view to the potential spread of coronavirus. The measure should also apply to secondary schools with halls of residence. Infected foreign students should be placed in quarantine premises before being allowed to travel back home.
Moreover, health authorities will no longer focus on calculating the moving average of cases but rather take into account other factors such as the number of available hospital beds or departments. The plan re-classifies symptoms of COVID-19 infection, adding also the loss of smell or taste to the set of indicators that already contains cough, respiratory troubles and fever above 38 degrees Celsius.
In addition, the Commission wants to convene an expert consilium to assess the situation in neighbouring countries. In light of recent developments, the Commission doesn't recommend that Slovaks travel abroad.
The plan defines six stages of the outbreak, with Slovakia currently in the first stage.