Slovak Armed Forces Service Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

A Slovak Armed Forces serviceman from Nitra Garrison tested positive for COVID-19 on April 14, the country’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

The individual and his family have been in self-isolation at home. Accoring to the statement, it not currently known how he became infected. Given his state of health, there is no need for hospitalisation. Elsewhere, there have been two other confirmed COVID-19 positive cases across Defence. Both of them have fully recovered.

Since the declaration of emergency, the Armed Forces have put a large number of organisational measures into practice to deal with the spread of coronavirus across SVK military installations and units. One of the measures was to divide personnel into three groups with different standby periods to keep as many personnel as possible deployable and mission ready for the peak of the crisis situation. All the other steps and epidemiological measures are being coordinated with the Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and the Office of SVK Armed Forces Surgeon General.

Focused on the requests from the SVK Central Crisis Staff, the SVK Armed Forces have been continually busy carrying out a range of duties and committing hundreds of personnel to the battle against coronavirus. They are working closely with police forces to conduct inspections at border crossings, monitoring quarantine locations and hospitals, taking swab samples across marginalised Roma communities, airlifting people and medical supplies, supporting daily civic life and security in the sealed-off Roma communities, as well as handling many other tasks.

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