Slovakia to further ease lockdown

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As of next Monday Slovakia will further ease restrictions by allowing restaurant terraces and gyms to open, the government said cited by news agencies. The country managed to slow the Covid-19 spread in recent weeks amid tough restrictions after the latest pandemic wave hit it hard.

The latest easing adds to the re-opening of shops, hotels, hair salons, churches, libraries, pools and zoos that already happened this week. But capacity limits will remain, and customers or visitors will have to show a negative Covid-19 test in most cases.

Slovakia is also looking to ramp up its vaccination programme in order to further lower daily Covid-19 cases, which have dropped to a seven-day median of 642, after reaching around 3,000 in December and January. Meanwhile Slovakia, like others in central Europe, has shown one of the highest per-capita death tolls during the pandemic, with later waves of the pandemic being the most lethal.

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