Sunday, November 28, 2021

Restaurants closed in parts of Slovakia amid COVID-19 surge

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) – Slovakia re-imposed restrictions on coronavirus in the worst-hit parts of the country on Monday amid the latest spike in infections.

The measures affected five counties in northern Slovakia, including the closure of restaurants where people are only allowed to buy food from take-out stores.

Wellness and fitness centers have also closed. The number of people allowed to attend public meetings has been reduced to 100 fully vaccinated. It is also imperative to wear face masks both outdoors and indoors.

The number of people infected in these districts has exceeded 400 per 100,000 people in the past seven days.

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Slovakia is facing a new wave of infections, with the country’s daily number reaching 2,406 on Tuesday, the highest since mid-March.

Slovakia, with a population of around 5.5 million, is one of the hardest hit countries in the European Union. There were about 438,000 cases and 12,856 deaths.

Slovakia has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the EU. Fewer than 2.3 million people are fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

Around 82% of the nearly 1,000 people currently in need of hospitalization in Slovakia have been vaccinated only partially or not at all.

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