Slovenian Premier Janez Janša: "30-day epidemic will be declared for entire Slovenia staring on Monday." He added a government correspondence session was currently under way.
The Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša, announced on the social network Twitter that Slovenia would declare an epidemic for 30 days on Monday.
The announcement comes as the government is discussing the coronavirus situation with the Health Ministry task force in Brdo pri Kranju. (Photo: Twitter)
žAs the situation in Slovenia (mainly due to leftists boycotting the measures) is deteriorating due to COVID-19, the government decided at tonight's correspondence session to declare an epidemic for one month.
The announcement comes as the government is discussing the coronavirus situation with the Health Ministry task force in Brdo pri Kranju.
Prime Minister Janez Janša called for responsibility and solidarity in the face of the pandemic in a video address to Slovenian citizens on Sunday evening. He said a challenging period of cold weather was ahead, which required effective measures.
After Slovenia has already passed the 14-day average of 140 cases per 100,000 residents and 250 hospitalisations, two of three indicators beyond which the government said it would declare an epidemic, the last one - 50 patients needing intensive care - was probably passed during the day, as the last available figures put the number of patients needing intensive care at 49.
The share of coronavirus tests that came back positive exceeded 19% for the first time on Saturday, as 726 cases were confirmed in 3,765 tests, the government's coronavirus spokesman Jelko Kacin said on Twitter.
This means Slovenia now has 6,651 active cases out of a total of 13,151 confirmed since the start of the pandemic, according to data from the tracker Covid-19.Sledilnik.
The 14-day cumulative rate of infection per 100,000 people reached 317 compared to 290 the day before.
Three people with Covid-19 died bringing the death toll to 187.