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Slovakia will start checking cars coming from Austria for Coronavirus

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Slovakia will start checking the cars coming especially from Austria for the spread of the novel coronavirus as of Friday or Saturday at the latest, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-Social Democracy) said after a meeting of the National Security Council today.

Additionally, all passengers arriving in Slovakia should be prepared for checks , Pellegrini said.

The people should be prepared for traffic congestion at border crossings especially in the direction of Austria, he added.

“There will be checks of all the cars coming to Slovakia,” Pellegrini said.

“The traffic will considerably slow down so that customs officers could ask the passengers whether they have health problems,” he added.

Temperature will be measured on all passengers arriving to Slovak airports, Pellegrini said.

Due to the novel coronavirus, the Slovak government has established an emergency committee that will be headed by Interior Minister Denisa Sakova.

The Foreign Ministry is considering halting the issuance of visas to citizens of countries where novel coronavirus infection has been confirmed.

The authorities are also preparing televised and radio information campaigns about the infection.

The Slovak government has reserved two million euros for the purchase of protective and disinfection measures.

The Defence Ministry prepared a project for the construction of a 2,500-capacity isolation city in central Slovakia.

The Slovak postal service started rejecting any mail to selected regions of Italy hit by the novel coronavirus, an additional measure to the already active ban on mail from China, Hong Kong and Macau.

No case of novel coronavirus has been detected in Slovakia, but three were in neighboring Austria.

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