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Slovak government approves state of emergency powers amid COVID spike

PRAGUE, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Slovakia’s government has approved a state of emergency, effective from Thursday, to help combat a spike in new coronavirus cases, Prime Minister Igor Matovic said on Facebook on Wednesday.

The state of emergency, which should last 45 days, gives the government more powers to implement stricter measures but does not automatically mean a return to a strict lockdown such as that imposed at the outset of the pandemic. (Reporting by Jason Hovet Editing by Gareth Jones)

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