Will or won’t there be a lockdown? And for everyone? Monday’s coalition council was to answer these questions. Prior to her meeting, Prime Minister Eduard Heger said that current developments were leading to the announcement of a tough lockdown that would affect everyone, including the vaccinated. After the coalition council ended, the politicians declared that they had agreed.
Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Eduard Heger (OĽaNO)
The Minister of Health Vladimír Lengvarský (nom. OĽaNO) stated that he was going to the government with a request to close the country. Also because the number of hospitalized has exceeded three thousand and the healthcare system can no longer cope with such an onslaught.
Prime Minister Eduard Heger said in an official statement that “he will never gamble on the lives of those vaccinated or unvaccinated, and is therefore working hard on the possibility of a three-week lockdown for all residents, as proposed by the Ministry of Health and a consortium of experts”.
VIDEO: Before the coalition council meeting.
It is the opinion of experts in this regard that the Prime Minister considers crucial. At the same time, however, he “realizes that the situation needs to be resolved immediately, so that we can have a calmer Christmas and be able to relax the measures at a later time in view of the approaching tourism season.”
“Lockdown immediately,” Minister Lengvarsky told the coalition council.
Igor Matovič, Minister of Finance and leader of the strongest OĽaNO movement, warns that the consequences of the third wave will be very great.
“We are going into a worse wave than the second one this spring. I am very sorry, because the Ministry of Health had half a year to be really much better prepared for the third wave than for the second. At the beginning of October, after the meeting with Minister Lengvarský, the President said that we were significantly better prepared for the third wave. The fact shows that she was wrong and was far from reality, “said Matovič, who regularly criticizes his nominee as head of the health department.
“From the beginning, I support maximum protection of health and lives, because it is less damaging to the economy. Let’s finally protect health and lives, “Matovič added, adding that he would talk more to his colleagues on the coalition council.
VIDEO: Matovič: The economic consequences of the lockdown will be very great.
However, he added that since July “he has been extremely critical of the Ministry of Economy’s testing of staff, the Ministry of Education’s testing of pupils in schools.” “The abolition of drapes, respirators in schools, when the number of cases increased dramatically, was a fundamental mistake that we now bear,” he added.
In front of the coalition council, the SaS party did not comment on a possible lockdown. Representatives of the For People party only reiterated that they are in favor of the vaccinated.
Richard Sulík (SaS) was the first to leave the coalition council. He said politicians “agreed, but we will say more in the government on Wednesday.”
Interior Minister Roman Mikulec (OĽaNO) claimed that there would be no lockdown. Member of Parliament Janka Bittó Cigániková (SaS) added that the coalition council did indeed agree “on a compromise”.
Labor Minister Milan Krajniak (We Are a Family) said shortly before midnight that the measures would be “different than expected”. “I can’t say it will apply to everyone,” he added.
MP Peter Pčolinský (We are a family) added that they held for four hours and the vaccinated should have certain advantages. He stressed that Prime Minister Heger and Minister of Health Lengvarsky will give details on Wednesday.
Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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