Information and recommendations regarding the novel coronavirus and COVID-19

A state of emergency has been declared in Slovakia with effect from 1 October 2020.


Confirmed cases in Bratislava

3340

Confirmed cases in Slovakia

33 602

Confirmed cured cases in Bratislava

574

Confirmed cases of death in Bratislava

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In connection with the novel coronavirus and the coronavirus disease COVID-19, we are providing Bratislava residents with a package of recommendations and information about the situation in the City. The first phase of the pandemic is behind us, and we are currently in the second phase. We want to assure each resident of Bratislava that as a City, in cooperation with the boroughs and the self-governing region, we are doing our best to ensure that the second wave of the pandemic has the least negative impact on the quality of life in Bratislava. We need to carry on behaving responsibly, be disciplined and cohesive towards ourselves and our neighbours.

Information about the current coronavirus-related situation in Bratislava on this site is regularly updated.

Persons with symptoms, in particular fever, cough, shortness of breath, and muscle and joint pain, should first of all contact by phone, not in person, their physician, the Public Health Authority or the 112-emergency line. The physician will make a therapeutic decision based on the symptoms described.


The Social Insurance Agency has simplified the procedures for claiming treatment and sickness pay (in Slovak “PN-ka”) by the insureds aimed at limiting personal public contacts in offices of general practitioners, paediatricians and branches of the Social Insurance Agency. These procedures shall apply only in cases related to the spread of coronavirus infection. In all the other cases, standard procedures are applicable when claiming sickness and care benefits.


What to do if you receive an SMS with a positive test result?

  1. Contact your general practitioner, inform him/her about your test result, and ask to be issued a work incapacity certificate;
  2. contact everyone you have been in close contact with during the last 14 days while not wearing a face covering, instructing them to self-isolate at home;
  3. send an e-mail to the RÚVZ Bratislava with a list of persons (name and surname, telephone number of contacts) you have been in close contact with;
  4. wait for instructions from the RÚVZ Bratislava. Due to their extraordinary workload, this may take several days.

In case you had been contacted by a COVID-19 positive person and had been in close contact with that person:

  1. remain in isolation
  2. contact your GP who may schedule you for an examination and issue a work incapacity certificate for you
  3. if you experience symptoms of the disease, ask to be examined
  4. wait for instructions from the RÚVZ Bratislava

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COVID-19

Symptoms of the disease:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle pain
  • headache
  • fatigue

FUNCTIONING OF THE CITY

SCHOOLS 

With effect from 12 October 2020, the regulation of the Ministry of Education on the restriction of teaching in schools applies. At the same time, all extracurricular activities, trips, courses, sports competitions, saunas and more are canceled. Teaching will take place as follows:

Kindergartens: full-time teaching, only employees are obliged to wear a mask

Primary schools: full-time teaching, the obligation to wear a mask for students and staff

Secondary schools: distance learning

Basic art schools: interrupted group lessons

Leisure centers: interrupted teaching

Language schools: distance learning

SENIORS There are seven senior facilities in Bratislava under the competence of the Capital City. Strict rules and hygiene measures are in place in all these facilities for their employees to whom we provide regular training and verify their readiness to deal with various situations associated with the risk of infection. Face coverings and disinfection are used as a regular routine and a habit. For prevention purposes, the so-called quarantine rooms have been set up within each facility to be used for the placement of new clients before it is established that they are COVID-19 negative. The testing of employees who had stayed abroad will also be ensured. Visits to all senior facilities run by the city are prohibited. We have relaunched a senior helpline which can be used by seniors to contact us, as necessary, on weekdays from 08:00 until 16:00. Recommendations on how to help seniors can be found HERE

Cultural events and meetings in our facilities, attended by over ten people, including spiritual services, are restricted. With all our clients, we will regularly speak openly about the epidemiological situation to motivate them to behave responsibly and protect against infection.

Recommendations on how to help seniors – please, visit HERE.

PUBLIC EVENTS

With effect from 15.10.2020, the gathering ban applies to more than 6 people. Restaurants and catering facilities can only have open terraces, or dispense food for consumption outdoors. Fitness centers, wellness centers, aqua parks, saunas and swimming pools are closed.

Excluded from this ban are also collective events, all participants of which will have a negative Covid-19 test no older than 12 hours at the time of the mass event. More information - please, visit HERE.

HEALTHCARE SERVICES From 3 June 2020 until further notice, a new decision of the Public Health Authority comes into force in the form of measures allowing organisations providing medical services (providing medical assistance to patients, as well as state and non-state social service providers) to visit all bedside wards only under the following conditions.

TRAVEL Starting from 20 June 2020 (06:00) a measure will come into effect, allowing to arrive in Slovakia from abroad without having to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Since 15 June 2020, the website https://reopen.europa.eu is available. Users will find there also practical information on travel restrictions or public health and safety measures in particular EU-member states.

Persons arriving from medically unsafe countries must undergo home isolation. On the fifth day of isolation at the earliest, they must pass a test for COVID-19 disease. At the same time, people living in a shared household are included in home isolation. In cases of a violation of the quarantine, there is a fine of up to € 5,000.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Public transport drivers will automatically open all doors at stops to reduce the need for passengers to come into contact with surfaces in public transport vehicles. On-request stops still need to be signalled to the driver. There is a ban on entering public transport without wearing a mask, scarf, neckwear or other suitable alternatives to cover your mouth and nose.

MARIANUM - The Cemetery Service of Bratislava has taken several measures to secure maximum possible protection not only to the staff but also all visitors to the funeral rites, cemeteries and crematoriums. Before ordering the services, please consult in advance with MARIANUM employees about the procedure of the last farewell and all measures taken.

WATER SUPPLY The Bratislava water supply company (BVS) has conducted internal exercises and, if necessary, is ready to switch to the crisis mode defined together with the Public Health Authority, which, among other things, deals with the procedures for water treatment and access to water resources. Employees who have visited an area with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus are redirected to a medical examination before returning to work.

WASTE COLLECTION Regular waste collection is scheduled by OLO under any safety regime. By modifying working shifts, OLO is prepared to ensure waste collection even in the event a large number of employees are absent. Employees who have visited an area with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus are redirected to a medical examination before returning to work.

GAS If there is a sharp increase in the number of infected employees, the gas distribution company SPP-distribúcia is prepared to take internal measures to ensure uninterrupted operation of gas distribution and repair services. Increased spread of the disease will not affect the safety and reliability of natural gas distribution to customers. Gas distribution does not fall within direct competence of the City.

ELECTRICITY In connection with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the electricity company ZSE has issued several internal measures to reduce the risk of contagion among employees. At the same time, it has prepared measures to ensure sustainable operation providing for an uninterrupted supply of electricity should the situation deteriorate, and a state of emergency be declared. Energy distribution does not fall within direct competence of the


Frequently asked questions

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The novel coronavirus causes an acute respiratory disease – viral pneumonia (droplet infection). This involves general symptoms of a virus infection or a typical respiratory disease, such as influenza – temperature above 38 °C, cough, rhinitis, muscle pain, joint pain, shortness of breath. A more comprehensive examination including X-ray reveals pneumonia. The incubation time for this coronavirus strain is reported to be 2 to 14 days, 6 days on average.

How is COVID-19 treated?
The treatment is symptomatic. COVID-19 is a viral disease and antibiotics do not work against it. There is currently no verified vaccine.

Who is most at risk from the coronavirus?
According to the available statistics, seniors are among the most vulnerable population groups in terms of the complications associated with COVID-19.

Can flu vaccination help me prevent COVID-19?
Vaccination against flue is advisable as it provides protection during the ongoing flu season. If a person falls ill with an infection caused by the coronavirus, the presence of another disease at the same time means a high risk of complications.

I order goods from various regions of the world. Can the disease be transmitted by postal consignments?
The delivery time for online purchases from Asian countries (e.g. China) is usually three weeks or more. It is not expected that the virus could survive on surfaces for such a long time. Hence, the risk of the novel coronavirus spreading from products or packaging is very low in this case.
The Slovak Post has also issued a statement on this topic and provided an assurance that consignments from Asian countries are safe. Additional information is available here.

Will wearing a protective face mask help me?
As regards the use of face masks and respirators, this is important for a person sick with a respiratory disease or a healthy person in contact with a respiratory disease patient.

For more information, please visit the Public Health Authority website.