On Thursday (18) Slovakia announced an exclusive lockdown for people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The measure will enter into force next Monday (22) and will be in effect for at least three weeks. During this period, only individuals who have been vaccinated or cured of the disease in the past six months will be able to go to restaurants, shopping malls, non-essential stores and sporting events.
In addition, it was decided that it was mandatory to test unvaccinated citizens at work in all areas most affected by the health emergency.
The announcement was made by Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger at a press conference broadcast live on local television, according to the Guardian newspaper.
The country of 5.5 million people recorded a record number of cases in recent days, surpassing 8,000 new infections last Tuesday (16). In addition, since the beginning of the week, he has been suffering from a shortage of intensive care beds.
Slovakia currently has one of the lowest coronavirus vaccination rates in the European Union (EU), with 45% of the population immunized, compared to an average mass of 65%.
According to the prime minister, vaccinators will be the first to benefit from the easing of restrictions.
In recent weeks, several European countries have discussed the return of some preventive measures due to the massive increase in Covid-19 cases. The Czech Republic, in turn, has mandated the use of a health certificate in all public places.