BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia is asking other European Union countries to deploy their medical personnel in the hard-hit country to help treat COVID-19 patients as its hospitals struggle under the load.
The government has initially requested a deployment of 10 doctors and 25 nurses to work in intensive care units for at least one month.
Slovakia has the most COVID-19 deaths by size of population in the world amid a surge of a highly contagious coronavirus variant first seen in the U.K. Another 105 people died Tuesday, giving the nation of 5.4 million a total of 6,168 confirmed virus deaths.
The seven-day rolling average of daily has risen over the past two weeks from 1.37 deaths per 100,000 people on Feb. 2 to 1.78 deaths per 100,000 people on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
A total of 3,835 COVID-19 patients were in Slovak hospitals, about a hundred less than a record high recorded on Sunday.