News summary: three more cases of Omicron confirmed in Slovakia
The rules for returning to schools will be refined during the holidays. People arriving in Slovakia from certain countries are asked to register for a PCR test.
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Slovak and Czech MFAs commented on US and Russian development
Czech MFA Jan Lipavsky and Slovak MFA Ivan Korcok. (Source: TASR)
Slovak MFA Ivan Korčok commented on the latest developments concerning Russia at his joint press conference with the new Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský.
The two ministers agreed that the latest development between Russia and the United States is having a profound impact on Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Addressing the latest talks between Russia and the United States and the proposed treaties, Korčok said it is important for countries neighboring the Russian Federation to be free to decide their foreign policy direction, including where they are looking for guarantees of security.
“Therefore, the result of this dialogue should not be the drawing of red lines or new spheres of influence,” Korčok said.
It is essential for Slovakia that the result of this dialogue does not call into question the very existence of NATO.
About a million people in Slovakia do not have antibodies
People line up for vaccination in Košice. (Source: TASR)
More than half of the population of people not vaccinated against Covid does not have antibodies. Including those who have been vaccinated as well, there are about a million people in Slovakia who do not have antibodies resulting from recovery from the disease or from vaccination.
This stems from the very first research conducted on antibodies to Covid in Slovakia. In November and December, Slovak scientists examined how many people had antibodies before the Omicron wave in Slovakia, although they admit that antibodies are not everything when it comes to protection against the virus.
Results in countries where similar studies were conducted were better, scientists said.
Another poll showed support for a vaccination mandate in Slovakia edged up in December. People tend to support compulsory vaccination of certain groups of the population more than compulsory vaccination for all who can get vaccinated.
A mandate to vaccinate for selected groups of the population was also more popular among respondents than a lockdown.
More news on the coronavirus and vaccination
(Source: AP / TASR)
- 3,683 people were newly diagnosed with Covid positive out of 14,742 PCR tests performed on Monday. The number of people hospitalized is 2,967 people and 61 more deaths were reported on Monday. The vaccination rate is 49.55%; 2,725,050 people received the first dose of the vaccine. More statistics on Covid-19 in Slovakia here.
- Slovakia to receive 340,000 doses of Nuvaxovid vaccine from Novavax, which was approved following conditional registration by the European Medicines Agency on Monday. Slovakia is expected to receive them in the first half of 2022. “Several experts recommend using this vaccine as the third dose of the vaccine; a protein vaccine is also recommended for autoimmune diseases, ”said the Ministry of Health.
- There have been three more confirmed cases of Omicron in Slovakia, bringing the total to seven in Slovakia so far. Two people were vaccinated with two doses, one was not vaccinated. The first person vaccinated was infected in a common outbreak with people infected with the Omicron variant. The second vaccinated person had not traveled abroad, but the third unvaccinated person returned from Africa to Slovakia.
- People arriving in Slovakia from UK, Denmark and Norway are encouraged to register for a PCR test, even if they are fully vaccinated. It will be paid by the state.
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Photo of the day
After five years, the sculpture of Golgotha, which is a national cultural monument, is back at Calvary of Trnava. Stone crosses and plinths, as well as metal statues of Christ, the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist and two criminals, have recently undergone city-funded restoration. The work, which is around 120 years old, was mechanically damaged, said restorer Tomáš Kucman.
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In other news
- The prosecutor The Special Prosecutor’s Office filed a complaint against 11 accused persons out of a total of 20 offenses in the Očistec (Purgatory) case by the Specialized Criminal Court. Last year, the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) arrested several police officers in connection with Operation Purgatory, including former police chief Tibor Gašpar, who was released from detention on November 4, near one year later. The group is said to have operated around Nitra businessman Norbert Bödör.
- The newly created LearningLab educational laboratory, which opened at the Luník IX community center in Košice, will serve to increase digital, functional and informational culture, as well as the use of innovative approaches and digital technologies. The aim is to improve the skills, competences and general conditions of the Roma community.
- The Ministry of Education will update the rules for returning to schools and inform the public of any changes to the automatic school Covid alert system after the Christmas holidays. Minister Branislav Gröhling (SaS) explained that back-to-school rules will be fine-tuned during the holidays. According to the plan, pupils and students should return to school on January 10, 2022.
- Former President of the Constitutional Court Ivetta Macejková has resigned as judge of the Supreme Court. “Supreme Court Judge Ivetta Macejková informed the President of the Supreme Court that on November 25, 2021, she asked the Minister of Justice to suspend his duties in accordance with the Law on Judges, effective December 31, 2021” , said the spokesperson. for the court. Macejková was the head of the Constitutional Court between 2007 and 2019.
- The National Bank of Slovakia (SNB) estimates the public finance deficit at 7.4% of GDP in 2021, ie 1.9 points more than last year. According to the central bank, the economic recovery should have a positive effect on the performance of the public sector.
- In November of this year, 5,704 new passenger cars were sold in Slovakia, down 17.6% year-on-year. Škoda was once again the best-selling brand. Last month, 644 small utility vehicles were registered, down 9.7% from the same month last year. The most popular brand was Opel, according to data disclosed by the Automotive Industry Association.
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