The Slovak government is actively considering a potential full lockdown to stop the rise of new Covid-19 infections, similar to those introduced in neighboring Austria, the office of Prime Minister Edward Hegel said on Monday.
Hegel said his office is “Dense” The Ministry of Health has proposed a three-week lockdown. He added that expert opinion will be the key to any decision in the coming days.
Earlier on Monday, Hegel stated that he also supports mandatory vaccination for people over 50, but he also stated that he will follow the guidance of experts here. “I am convinced today that if we don’t want repeated epidemics and lockdowns, there is no other way than vaccination.” He said.
“This eats up the economy, people’s health and people’s lives. If we don’t want to experience this pain for many years, we obviously need to be protected by a vaccine.”
As part of a series of measures agreed last week, Slovakia has banned unvaccinated people from entering bars and pubs and ordered restaurants to suspend all internal catering services.
Approximately 45% of the population in Slovakia has been vaccinated, making it one of the countries with the lowest vaccination rates in Europe.
Due to the surge in virus cases, neighbouring Austria entered a 10-day national lockdown on Monday, affecting all citizens. Prime Minister Alexander Schallenberg apologized to the vaccinated citizens “A violent step.”
At the same time, Angela Merkel of Germany warned that the current Covid-19 measures are not enough and that Germany is facing “Highly dramatic situation” As winter approaches.
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