Published on : Friday, November 19, 2021
Slovakia is planning new restrictions on unvaccinated people in an effort to tame the latest surge of coronavirus infections, the prime minister said.
Eduard Heger said his government will vote on proposals by an advisory group of medical experts to face the “critical” situation in the country’s hospitals. If approved the measures will then be effective for three weeks.
Among the proposed measures, people who have not been vaccinated will be banned from all non-essential stores, shopping malls, gyms, pools and hotels. They also won’t be allowed to attend any mass public gatherings like sports events.
The unvaccinated people will be able to get into their workplaces with negative virus tests.
If the situation doesn’t get any better in the next three weeks, the government is ready to impose even more restrictions, the prime minister said.
Slovakia reported 8,342 new virus cases on Wednesday (November 17), surpassing the previous record of 7,244 set Friday. Figures earlier this week showed over 81% of the hospitalised have not been fully vaccinated.
Slovakia, one of the hardest-hit European Union countries, has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the 27-nation bloc. Only about 45% of its nearly 5.5 million have been fully vaccinated.
Thousands in both Czech and Slovakian capitals, Prague and Bratislava, used Wednesday’s anniversary of the 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution to rally against their government’s upcoming coronavirus restrictions. The protesters ignored social distancing and didn’t wear masks.