"The man did not have close contacts, he was not hospitalized. Currently, the patient is in internal quarantine and responsibly fulfills all the necessary anti-epidemic prescriptions," said the Chief Sanitary Doctor of Slovakia Jan Mikas.
This news caused the greatest concern among football fans, as the infected man flew home from St. Petersburg, where the Slovak national football team recently played with Russia at the Euro 2020 championship. Minister of Health Vladimir Lengvarsky said that the patient was not a football player of the national team. He later added that this man was not at the Euro 2020 football match.
Ukraine has a 97-kilometer border with Slovakia. There are five checkpoints on the Slovak-Ukrainian border - two roads, two railways and one pedestrian. The President's Office recently stated that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should prepare proposals on the expediency of restricting communication with countries where the Delta coronavirus strain has been detected.
As a reminder, a variant of the coronavirus, named Delta, was discovered in India in October last year. Since then, it has spread around the world, it is also found in Ukraine. Among the new symptoms are a runny nose, headache, and sore throat.
Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO expert on responding to Covid-19, announced that not all vaccines work equally well with the Delta coronavirus strain.
It is known that this strain is 1.6 times more contagious than the Alfa strain (firstly discovered in the UK); 2.26 times more often it leads to hospitalization and 1.45 times more often to the resuscitation department. Meanwhile, the effect from the vaccines is mostly kept.