Eleven municipalities by the Hungarian border in Southern Slovakia have asked the Slovakian government to revise the border closures, after it already did so with Austria and the Czech Republic, according to Slovakian Hungarian news portal parameter.sk.
The joint letter has been published by Komárom (Komárno) Mayor Béla Keszegh, stating that while border openings with Austria and the Czech Rep. are already being prepared, Hungary is apparently left out. And neither the mortality data, nor the scale of precautionary measures confirms this, as Hungary is staunchly fighting the virus,” the letter states, primarily addressing Slovakian Prime Minister Igor Matovič, with the Slovakian Minister of the Interior and Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó also among the recipients.
The letter also stresses that the border openings, or the relaxation of border-crossing rules in this region are not only an economic issue but also about families torn apart, with many people who haven’t seen their loved ones in the past two months.
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Beside the aforementioned Komárom, the mayors of Somorja (Šamorín), Dunaszerdahely (Dunajská Streda), Bős (Gabčíkovo), Nagymegyer (Veľký Meder), Párkány (Štúrovo), Ipolyság (Šahy), Fülek (Fiľakovo), Tornalja (Tornaľa), Királyhelmec (Kráľovský Chlmec), and Tiszacserny (Čierna nad Tisou) also signed the letter.
Slovakia, however, insists on keeping all its borders closed for the time being. The Slovakian authorities also denied that they would be preparing to open the borders with Austria after Austrian public channel ORF wrongly reported so. 444.hu notes that Slovakia owes success (less than 1,500 confirmed cases and 28 fatalities) of handling the coronavirus crisis to tough restrictive measures.
featured image: the border at Ipolytarnóc in mid-March; via Péter Komka/MTI