March 26, 2020 / 7:33 AM / 13 days ago

Slovak Republic - Factors To Watch on March 26

    BRATISLAVA, March 26 (Reuters) - Here are news stories,
press reports and events to watch which may affect Slovak
financial markets on Thursday.
    ALL TIMES GMT (Slovak Republic: GMT + 1 hour)
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    CORONAVIRUS CASES: The number of cases has risen to 217 as
of Tuesday, an increase of 12.
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    ECONOMY/CORONAVIRUS: The parliament on Wednesday passed
legislation allowing the government to give companies incentives
to protect jobs during the crisis caused by the spread of the
    The government plans to fund these measures from the
European Social Fund and the state budget. 
    The Labour and Social Affairs Ministry estimates monthly
costs of this measures to be range from 254 million to 299
million euros, writes the Dennik N newspaper.
    TECHNOLOGY/CORONAVIRUS: The parliament on Wednesday passed a
law allowing the Public Health Authority (UVZ) to collect
metadata on location and identity of mobile phone users. 
    The UVZ will have to explain to telecommunication operators
what data it wants and why, writes SME newspaper. The measures
is aimed at monitoring the movement of people in quarantine or
those moving close to infected people.
    CARS/CORONAVIRUS: Car parts producer Schaeffler, which
employs about 10,000 people in Slovakia, will suspend production
until at least Easter.
   (Reuters has not verified the stories, nor does it vouch for
their accuracy.)
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