Slovakia's parliament cancels session after member tests positive for COVID-19-reports

Parliament adjourned the session until Nov. 2

  
A health worker gets the coronavirus test sample of a journalist in preparation for the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, which will take place from January 25 to 28, at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi, Vietnam, January 18, 2021. Image used for illustrative purpose.

A health worker gets the coronavirus test sample of a journalist in preparation for the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, which will take place from January 25 to 28, at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi, Vietnam, January 18, 2021. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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PRAGUE - Slovakia's parliament cancelled its session on Thursday after one lawmaker tested positive for COVID-19, local media reported, as the country struggles with elevated case numbers.

Parliament adjourned the session until Nov. 2 after the member from the ruling coalition tested positive, TA3 television reported. Most of the 150 lawmakers are fully vaccinated, many of them went for a test after the case was reported, TA3 said.

The parliament's press office did not immediately respond to questions on the matter.

Slovakia has been reporting elevated numbers of daily new cases of the illness in recent weeks, as the country of 5.5 million has one of the lower rates of vaccination in the European Union.

As of Wednesday, 43% of the population were fully vaccinated, according health ministry data and Reuters calculation.

On Oct. 27, there were 4,981 new cases reported, the highest daily tally since December 2020.

There were 1,384 people hospitalised, almost 80% of them not fully vaccinated, data from the Health Ministry showed.

(Reporting by Robert Muller)


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