The Polish situation
According to the latest data released on Saturday, a total of more than 72,000 people have been tested in Poland so far, and 3,333 cases have been detected so far. So far, 73 people have died in Poland as a result of the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Laboratories in Poland perform roughly 6,000 coronavirus tests a day, the Polish health minister said on Friday. Lukasz Szumowski said there are a total of 150,000 tests available nationwide and another 500,000 are being procured.
There are no official casualties in Slovakia yet
Another 21 people in Slovakia have been diagnosed with Covid-19 disease, raising the number of registered coronavirus infections to 471, Prime Minister Igor Matovic announced on Saturday after signing a contract with Chirana to order 300 new ventilators.
In Slovakia, the number of newly registered infections approached the daily average of 30 last week, 26 on Thursday and 24 on Friday. Since the release of Friday’s data, another 1,889 tests have been performed, more than five times the previous daily average. By noon on Saturday, a total of 13,160 virus tests had been performed, of which 12,689 were negative.
The largest proportion of the Slovak population diagnosed with the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, about a third, is middle-aged, between 30 and 44 years old. About a third of all those infected are from Bratislava County. Of those infected, 165 are currently being treated in hospital, the disease has not yet been officially recognized as a fatal victim, and the recovery of five patients has been confirmed so far.
Chirana Medical will quadruple its production capacity to produce 300 new ventilators for hospitals in Slovakia by the end of June, Igor Matovic said after the contract was signed. Health Minister Marek Krajcí added that as further contracts have been negotiated, the country will have more than a thousand such devices. The head of the ministry also announced that over the next week, the number of places where samples will be taken to detect viral infection will be increased from the current 29 to 100.
Igor Matovic suggested at the meeting of the Central Crisis Staff that a curfew be introduced in Slovakia for the Easter holidays. The motion will be decided on Sunday. On Saturday, the Prime Minister defended a previously widely debated idea, partly criticized from within the governing coalition, that the country could be restarted most quickly with a “blackout”, ie a state of emergency in a few weeks. the Slovak economy forced to its knees due to the coronavirus. This was due, among other things, to the fact that 30 per cent of the economy had already shut down and that a virus carrier infected an average of 1.6 other people, which needed to be reduced. According to the prime minister, it is uncertain whether the forced break of educational institutions can end in September. The current model shows that even in the future, a similar number of people could be infected in the country than now, he warned.
From seven o'clock on Monday morning, several new measures related to the spread of the coronavirus will take effect. One of them is that from now on, everyone who crosses the border will be segregated for as long as they are tested for the virus, and if it turns out to be negative, they will have to go through a 14-day home quarantine. Meanwhile, an agreement was also reached between the government and the Slovak Banking Association that a 9-month deferral of repayments of all personal bank loans could be requested.