BRATISLAVA – Timing is everything

Government plans to present a plan on how to open certain businesses next Monday (20 April). Prime Minister Igor Matovič made it clear that the decision will be based on the input from epidemiologists, not economists.

According to the President Zuzana Čaputová, these two opinions do not necessarily stand in opposition and need to both be listened to.

Slovakia is also aware of its dependency on the developments in other big European economies. As the prime minister put it, Slovakia cannot afford the peak of the epidemic to be at a different time than it will happen in the core of Europe.

“We must survive and wait out this phase when the big economies fight the coronavirus,” he said. The concern is that should Slovakia ease the restrictions now and the epidemic returns, employees will need to return to quarantine and Slovakia will be unable to supply Europe’s major economies as they emerge from the crisis. (Zuzana Gabrižová |

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