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News digest: Long queues around Slovakia on the first day of nationwide testing
Hundreds of thousands got tested during the first five hours. Experts warn it is too early to interpret the results.

UPDATED: Nationwide testing for COVID-19 is on
Long queues have formed in front of most testing points since early morning. Some drive-through sites closed in Bratislava

Coronavirus in Slovakia: 2,573 new cases confirmed (graphs)
The total number of cases has exceeded 57,600.

We owe our veterans a great deal, even more so in this extraordinary year
I am delighted to see that more and more Slovaks have begun to adopt the tradition of wearing red poppies.

News digest: Health care staff still lacking, president asks for amends
Slovakia is preparing to launch the nationwide testing on Saturday morning, but the government admitted they still need hundreds of health care staff. Kotleba violates quarantine and hospitals in the north are full.

Shops will be closed on Sunday
Two national holidays are celebrated in November.

Global media on testing: Slovak government tests COVID and patience of the nation
This kind of testing can't be implemented overnight, the media says.

Roundup: First Harry Potter book published in Slovakia 20 years ago
On this occasion, Slovak designer Adrián Macho came up with new illustrations of the Harry Potter book covers.

Testing is impossible to carry out as planned, president says
President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.

Hospitals in the north are overwhelmed, Žilina worst off
Bojnice Hospital says they will not be able to treat patients who need surgical care if they reserve more beds for COVID patients.

An unusual winter is coming. What are ski resorts doing to prepare?
There are still no conditions given under which they will open the season.

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?
For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.

People with vision and hearing difficulties can now observe Tatra nature, too
Pribylina museum will open a special path soon.

News digest: Who will take the swabs?
The government offers hundreds of euros to health care staff for testing. Curfew ends on Saturday for some. Take a look at testing sites and more.

Health care professionals still lacking ahead of Saturday's testing
Government avoids mobilisation for now, PM offers an extra bonus to health care professionals who can serve the whole weekend.

Greenery instead of asphalt on Bratislava’s Komenského Square
Transformation of square will serve as a model for other public places, say city authorities.

Pandemic parental benefit is back. Together with more aid for coronavirus-stricken businesses
Employers and the self-employed will have an option to receive first aid for longer.

Bratislava receives a gift from Embassy of the Netherlands – thousands of tulip bulbs
The embassy will also donate 2,000 trees.

Where to get tested in Bratislava
People interested in testing should follow the official websites and the Facebook page of their respective town or borough.

People with negative tests can go to hairdresser or outdoor terraces
Those with a negative test result will have to follow rules introduced on October 15.

Slovaks have unravelled the secret of a lost Mayan painting
The ancient mural was destroyed nearly a century ago.

News digest: The Gale targets corruption, cabinet officially prolongs curfew
Slovakia learned about biggest corporate taxpayers, the president signed laws changing the minimum wage and 13th pensions. Read the latest news overview.

Afraid of testing? Minimise your risk of infection with these test day tips
Coughing is the most dangerous part of the testing process.

Companies fear drop in demand for their products and services the most
International chambers of commerce asked companies about their current situation as well as expectations.

The big testing: When and where to show up, and what if I don't want to? (FAQ)
Here is what we know about the practicalities of the nationwide testing so far. Testing also applies to foreigners and diplomats in Slovakia.

Who are the biggest corporate taxpayers?
Companies with German capital contribute to state coffers the most.

She grows rust at home and paints with it
Natália Šimonová announced the winner of the Painting 2020 competition.

Storm transforms into Gale. More judges and an influential businessman detained
The police raid related to corruption in Bratislava courts.

Two sisters documented pilot testing in Orava on Instagram. Thousands of people saw their videos
They say they inspired people who previously hesitated to go to the testing.

Curfew might end on November 15
The date has been approved by the central crisis staff.

A step-by-step guide to nationwide testing
Bring your ID and mask.

News digest: Nationwide testing gained contours
The Defence Ministry reveals details on upcoming testing, removal of the STU rector was far from normal. Take a look at our latest news digest.

Foreigners and diplomats expected to come to testing
Defence minister revealed the plan for the upcoming nationwide testing. President Čaputová calls for ensuring that health care is still provided.

Senate voted STU rector down. Police called to the uni as well
The session of the Academic Senate proposed that Rector Fikar be dismissed.

Not enough healthcare workers for nationwide testing
The state may need to order that all available healthcare workers assist during nationwide testing.

Slovak pupils scored above average in PISA global competence
Students were tested on their knowledge of poverty, migration and climate change.

One third of households had to spend their savings
It is possible to build up a financial reserve from little to no money, according to experts.

Banská Štiavnica: Words don't describe (from our archive)
The town above all other Slovak towns inscribed on the UNESCO list.

Nationwide testing confirmed for this weekend
The health minister hopes it will help to reverse the current trend of increasing daily cases.

Dozens of people die of COVID every day. A drop not expected for at least two weeks
People who would otherwise survive may die of other serious diagnoses due to the epidemic.

News digest: Pilot testing deemed successful
Coronavirus affects bus connections, gastronomy businesses send an open letter to the prime minister. Take a look at the latest in our news digest.

We’re satisfied with pilot testing, politicians say
Nearly 141,000 people took part.

Coronavirus cancels buses to Vienna
RegioJet and FlixBus temporarily stop their buses, while Slovak Lines plans no changes for now.

Slovakia orders a curfew and embarks on its COVID experiment
High turnout in testing in four northern districts, decision awaited on extending the project to the nation. Prison for a prominent prosecutor and parliament's speaker injured.

Volunteering in developing countries is an adventure from beginning to end
Slovak Jozef Baňás spent 12 months volunteering in Georgia.

Old and new: Starhrad and Strečno
These stony siblings are steeped in history.

Here's where you can fly from Slovakia during the pandemic
Several airlines have cut their offer for the winter season.

Mountain resorts Jasná and High Tatras temporarily closed
They could reopen on November 6 if the situation improves.

Economy Minister Sulík is the most trustworthy cabinet member
The environment and justice ministers are also highly trusted, according to the latest Focus poll.

Pity the nation
Americans’ choice of president on November 3 will affect Slovaks too.

Extension of the tram line deeper into Bratislava’s Petržalka is closer to completion
After completion, passengers will be able to go from the very end of Petržalka to the city centre in 10 minutes.

Pilot nationwide testing is over
The prime minister and the defence minister consider the pilot testing successful.