Slovakia hits record tally of new COVID-19 cases for a second day

FILE PHOTO: A child is pictured wearing a protective face mask as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreads in the area around Roma settlements, in Krompachy, Slovakia April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovakia had 797 new coronavirus on Wednesday, a record daily tally for a second straight day, Prime Minister Igor Matovic said on his Facebook page on Thursday.

“The situation is extremely serious and it is high time to grit our teeth and help our common cause,” Matovic wrote.

His government has introduced new measures against the virus and approved a state of emergency, effective from Thursday, after a recent spike in new coronavirus cases in the country of 5.5 million.

Reporting by Jason Hovet and Robert Muller; Editing by Alison Williams