Slovakia is considering lockdown in the midst of record-breaking increases in infections

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) – Slovakia set another record for coronavirus infections when the government on Wednesday discussed whether they should …

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) – Slovakia set another record for coronavirus infections when the government on Wednesday discussed whether to introduce a national lockdown to curb the rise.

The health ministry said daily infections exceeded 10,000 for the first time, and 10,315 tested positive Tuesday. That is over 1,000 more than the previous record set on Friday.

With 13,080 infections within the last seven days per. 1 million people, the 5.5 million nation faces the worst increase in the world, according to Our World In Data.

The government was considering a two- or three-week national lockdown, backed by President Zuzana Caputova, who called it “inevitable.” The details were to be announced later Wednesday.

“We are losing the match against COVID,” Caputova said on Tuesday.

Jan Mikas, the government’s top official leading the country’s response to the pandemic, said on Wednesday that the new restrictions should affect everyone – the unvaccinated and the vaccinated.

“The only solution is to restrict movement,” Mikas said.

On Monday, Slovakia already introduced new restrictions targeting the unvaccinated, which are banned from all unnecessary shops and malls. They are also not allowed to attend public events or gatherings. They will also be required to test twice a week to go to work, but the government has not yet set a date for that.

With 3,200 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, well above the level of 3,000 beds considered critical by Slovakia’s Ministry of Health, the country may be forced to seek help from other European countries.

The ministry said nearly 83% of patients have not been fully vaccinated.

At 45.7%, Slovakia’s vaccination rate is one of the lowest in the EU.

Overall, Slovakia has registered 631,738 virus cases with 14,056 deaths.

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