Cyprus on Friday outlined plans for the phased resumption next month of commercial flights from a select number of countries with low Covid-19 infection rates to jump-start its vital tourism sector.
Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said flights will begin in two phases — June 9 and 20 — from two groups of countries selected by an advisory body of medical experts.
"The number of infected people in Slovakia has decreased significantly, so we can afford this step," Prime Minister Igor Matovic told a news conference on Monday.
With only 28 fatalities, Slovakia has the lowest per-capita coronavirus death rate in Europe. Total infections stand at just over 1,500, with 257 active cases as of Thursday.
With 28 confirmed deaths to date, Slovakia tops the chart of European countries with the lowest number of COVID-19 victims per capita, a source of pride for politicians and healthcare workers.
But the country is also one of the last in Central and Eastern Europe to introduce any kind of digital technology to help tackle the pandemic.
Romania recorded the most significant economic growth of the 27 EU member states in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, according to the flash estimates published on Friday by the European Statistical Office ( Eurostat).
Misko lives in a Roma settlement in the eastern Slovak village of Kojatice. He has not seen a blackboard or duster since his school closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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