Slovakia lifts pandemic state of emergency

Photo: AP PM Eduard Heger

The Slovakia’s government decided to end the pandemic state of emergency on Saturday night, news wires reported. "We promised that the state of emergency would not last a minute longer than necessary, and we are sticking to that," PM Eduard Heger told a press conference in Bratislava on Friday.

The state of emergency, introduced on 1 October, enabled the government to forcibly recruit health care workers, impose curfews and ban demonstrations and other mass gatherings.

After the state of emergency is lifted, gatherings will no longer be banned. However, the government wants to retain some of its additional powers concerning the health sector, and parliament approved a law to this end on 11 March.

Slovakia, with a population of 5.5 million, registered 12,168 deaths since the pandemic began, dpa reported. Case numbers are now falling, with 105.8 new infections recorded per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days.

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