Bratislava gets a new nature reserve, Omicron becomes the dominant variant in Slovakia.
Good afternoon. The weekend is approaching and we have prepared a short summary of the main news of the day in our Friday, January 21, 2022 edition of Today in Slovakia. We wish you a pleasant reading.
For tips and weekend reads, check out our weekly roundup of spectacular Slovakia. This week, Peter Dlhopolec is writing about an exhibit on the history of the Tatra Mountains and a pre-WWII viaduct. You can also read an interview with the new conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.
Bratislava gets a new nature reserve
Vydrica stream (Source: TASR)
A significant part of the forests above Bratislava in the Little Carpathians will soon benefit from better nature protection. The Vydrica nature reserve, which will be created on February 1, will stretch around the popular tourist sites of Spariská, Malý Slavín and Biely Kríž. The cabinet approved the launch of the new reserve during its January 19 session.
“After 15 years of efforts of conservationists, Bratislava will get another nature reserve, in which nature conservation will come first, but at the same time, residents and visitors of Bratislava will still be able to relax there, as they are used to,” said Bratislava. Mayor Matúš Vallo, quoted by TASR newswire.
There will be a specific regime combining nature protection and intensive recreational use.
“It can become an example for other protected areas in Slovakia,” said Matej Dobšovič, director of the municipal forestry company Mestské Lesy v Bratislave (MLB), as quoted by the TASR newswire.
Coronavirus and vaccination news
- 7,035 people were newly diagnosed positive for Covid out of 19,274 PCR tests performed on January 19. The number of people hospitalized is 1,566 and 57 additional deaths were reported on January 19. The vaccination rate is 50.66%; 2,771,096 people received a first dose of vaccine. More statistics on Covid-19 in Slovakia are available here.
- The Autonomous Region of Bratislava (BSK) is continue to vaccinate adults and children against Covid-19 at the national football stadium in Bratislava; the vaccine administered there is Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech). Apart from today, vaccinations will take place on Saturday January 22 and Monday January 24.
- In Slovakia, Another 155 cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed. The total number of cases confirmed by sequencing is therefore 282, the Office for Public Health (ÚVZ) reported. In samples submitted for sequencing on January 17 and 18, Omicron accounted for 59% of successfully sequenced samples.
- Based in Kosice Children’s University Hospital (DFN) is one of international centers of monitoring side effects in children who have received a Covid-19 vaccine.
- People interested in a third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine can choose from three vaccines in Slovakia: Comirnaty from the Pfizer/BioNTech consortium, Spikevax from Moderna or Janssen from Johnson & Johnson.
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birthday of the week
This illustration photo shows a portrait of pilot Otto Smik on the tail of an Albatros military aircraft. (Source: TASR)
Slovakia celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Czechoslovak pilot Otto Smik Thursday, January 20. Smik was the most successful Slovak fighter pilot in the ranks of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II.
Report for today
In August 2021, as countries in Europe and beyond continued to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic and accompanying travel restrictions, 19-year-old pilot Zara Rutherford took full advantage of her gap year between the school and university and embarked on a record-breaking journey. . On January 20, 2022, the British-Belgian landed her Slovak-made Shark Aero plane, manufactured in Senica, at Kortrijk-Wevelgem airport, where she began her journey, and officially entered the Guinness Book of World Records. of the world.
In other news
- Contactless payments are gain popularity among the Slovaks. Nearly 60% of payments in Slovakia are cashless, a figure that would rise to three-quarters of all payments if customers did not encounter merchants who do not accept payment cards, Mastercard’s chief executive said for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Michal Čarný.
- Economy Minister Richard Sulík prompted a scandal after declaring that Russia “will not return Crimeato Ukraine and called the EU sanctions imposed on Russia “unfortunate”.
- Slovakia will be represented by 50 athletes at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, with the Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee having approved a full list on Friday. The Slovak team will include 25 ice hockey players, ten skiers, including star athlete Petra Vlhova, eight biathletes, five lugers and one snowboarder. In addition, Slovakia will host a female bobsledder for the first time.
- Hotels, bed and breakfasts and others accommodation facilities in Slovakia quadrupled year on year number of foreign tourists in November 2021, while the number of domestic customers has increased by only a third, the Bureau of Statistics reported on Friday, adding that the figures however were still only a quarter of those seen before the pandemic.
- Twinlogy alternative energy provider left the natural gas supply market. The public utility Slovenský Plynarenský Priemysel (SPP), as the statutory supplier of last resort, will take over the customers of Twinlogy.
- Owners of ecological cars can park for free in the official car parks of Demänovska Dolina, a popular tourist resort of the Liptov region. The municipality wishes to help residents and visitors who favor green transport. They also added two more electric buses from the village to the ski resort.
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