The government’s decision must also be approved by parliament afterwards, no later than twenty days after the decision enters into force.
Slovakia will have an emergency ordinance for the coronavirus until March 19 – a decision by the Slovak government in early February was approved by the Bratislava parliament on Friday. In the 150-member board
of the 118 deputies present at the vote, 83 supported the government’s proposal and 35 voted against.
The emergency was extended for the third time on February 6 by forty days by the Slovak coalition cabinet headed by Igor Matovic, under the current constitutional law. The government’s decision must also be approved by parliament afterwards, no later than twenty days after the decision enters into force.
The result of the vote was uncertain because the opposition parties did not like the extension of the exceptional legal status, and for a long time there was no consensus among the representatives of the governing coalition on this issue.
The Slovak government justified the extension of the emergency with the deteriorating epidemic situation. The health ministry has found that the number of deaths related to Covid-19 caused by the new coronavirus has approached seven thousand so far, and the number of patients treated in hospitals currently exceeds 3,900 in the country of 5.4 million people. Due to the lack of vaccines, there are also problems with vaccinations, so this process was stopped for a week. Prime Minister Igor Matovic announced in a Facebook post on Thursday that Bratislava is in talks with EU partners to rent coronavirus vaccines. With this, the Slovak government wants to bridge the seemingly temporary vaccine shortage.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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