At the turn of November and December 2021, we reached the peak of the delta wave, followed by a decline. However, it was already stagnant in January. And in the last four days, the seven-day average of the sum of positive PCR and antigen tests rising again.
Omikron is already dominating
Lengvarsky’s words were also confirmed by the head of the Institute of Health Analysis Matej Mišík, who said that Slovakia was again experiencing an increase in the number of cases. On average, there are almost 3,600 infected people on average, which is an increase of 26 percent compared to the previous week.
Laboratories in Slovakia have detected another 73 cases of omicron, bringing them together to date 127. Last week, according to sequencing results, omicron accounted for 30 percent of all coronavirus cases in Slovakia. According to Mišík, however, it is currently dominant.
From a regional perspective, there are currently 15 districts that record an incidence of more than 50 percent week-on-week. In another 48 districts, it is over ten percent. The worst situation is in the northeast and southwest of Slovakia. There was more than a doubling in Stropkov and Sabinov.
Due to the extreme infectivity of omicron, it is likely that a large percentage of the population will be positive at one time. This can lead to service outages. For this reason, the Lengvar resort counts on shortening the quarantine period, which will be introduced according to the development of the wave.
In the first scenario for five days, however, if the situation worsened even more, a distinction would be made between vaccinated and non-vaccinated, according to the minister.
However, Lengvarský also draws attention to the risks, as a positive person can be infectious even after five days. “Reducing quarantine is not quite a lege artis step from a medical point of view,” he commented.