Prime Minister of Slovakia Igor Matovič tests positive for COVID-19
Monday, December 21, 2020
Prime Ministerof the posted a message on on Friday announcing he had tested positive for , and intended to isolate for ten days. This comes a week after he attended a summit with President of , who was later diagnosed with the disease and which led to across and multiple leaders voluntarily .
European leaders self-isolating from the incident included the Prime Ministers of, , , , and France itself, and chief .
Without mentioning any symptoms, 47-year-old Matovič's government office has said he has cancelled all near upcoming events, and self-quarantine announcements quickly followed by government ministers who attended an official meeting with the Prime Minister two days earlier. During that meeting, it was agreed a partial lockdown would be instated on Saturday in response to increasing number of infections amongst the nation's 5.5 million people.
Council spokesperson Barend Leyts, when asked whether an investigation was conducted to see who else at the summit may have caught COVID-19, told-based media network safety procedure had been followed and only Macron and Matovič were known to have tested positive.
After Deputy Prime Minister for Finance and Minister of Economyfailed to procure sufficient numbers of rapid testing kits, the Prime Minister apologised to the people of his country for "having an idiot as economy minister."
- Georgi Gotev. "EU summit aftermath: Slovak PM diagnosed with COVID" — , December 18, 2020
- Reuters. "Slovak PM Igor Matovic tests positive for COVID-19" — , December 18, 2020
- Igor Matovič. "Announcement of positive test" — , December 18, 2020 ()