A story first published by Reuters says Slovaks returning home from other countries still have to undergo two weeks quarantine to determine their coronavirus status before mixing with the society.

The above development is even as Slovakia gradually eases national lockdown.

When they enter the central European country, they are escorted by police to state-run facilities where they must stay at least five days, or much longer if they test positive for the virus.

People staying in the centres – ranging from drab student dorms to hotels – pay no fees but must cover meal charges.

State ombudswoman Maria Patakyova has said the quarantine potentially breaches basic human rights and that a “large number” of complaints have been made about unsanitary conditions.

She “drew attention to the shortcomings in implementing the state quarantine” when she met Slovakia’s interior minister on Tuesday, her office said.

Prime Minister Igor Matovic has defended the system’s role in helping detect infections and prevent the coronavirus’s spread. Official figures show people who are or were at the centres account for almost 13% of the 1,469 positive cases confirmed in the European Union member state of 5.5 million.

Almost 17,000 people have spent spells in quarantine in Slovakia, which has reported 27 deaths across the country.

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