BRATISLAVA – A new government in place, old crisis

Prime Minister Igor Matovič of the centre-right party Ordinary People was appointed by President Zuzana Čaputová to lead the new government on Saturday (21 March), and the new PM already took a jab at the previous government for having deliberately limited COVID-19 testing to push down the numbers of confirmed cases.

At the same time, Slovakia only currently has 3,000 kits of highly reliable tests for coronavirus which apparently only suffice for 10 days. Other tests bought by Slovakia via an intermediary from China are not reliable enough, the new health minister said Marek Krajčí (OĽaNO) said.

Meanwhile, economy minister Richard Sulík (Freedom and solidarity) said he expects a steep recession of 5 to 10 %. (Zuzana Gabrižová |

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