2.7 C
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Covid-19 epidemic: Goal of the public life stoppage is to keep the basic reproduction number R close to 1


Today’s press conference on the current situation related to COVID-19 featured the head of the advisory group Mateja Logar and the head of the Intensive Therapy Department of the Infectious Disease Clinic of the University Clinical Centre (UKC) Ljubljana Matjaž Jereb.

A total of 1,774 PCR tests were performed on Sunday, of which 287 were positive, which is 16.2 per cent. Furthermore, 4,619 rapid antigen tests were also performed. The seven-day average of positive cases is 943 (compared to 944 a day before). The 14-day incidence has increased strongly in recent days to stand today at 588 cases per 100,000 residents. There are currently 12,424 active positive cases in the country. A total of 526 patients are in hospitals, of whom 112 require intensive care, Six people have died.

Changes to the entry/exit regime at external and internal borders

Changes to the Ordinance of determining the conditions for entry in the Republic of Slovenia for the purpose of containment and control of the infectious disease COVID-19 are in force as of today. Crossing the national border outside the checkpoints is no longer possible, except for owners of land on both sides of the border engaged in forestry, agricultural and farming work.

It is no longer possible to end quarantine early, while the exceptions related to crossing of the border without a test are no longer in force, either, except for transport, delivery, transit and for holders of diplomatic passports and school children aged up to 13 years. All exceptions related to crossing of the border with a seven-day test have also been deleted. As of today, this exception applies only to daily work migrants, school children older than 13 years and persons who accompany them, and owners of land on both sides of the border. As of today, a PCR test is valid only if it is performed in an EU or Schengen Area member state.

For people with residence in the Republic of Slovenia, travel is forbidden to the countries or administrative divisions of countries that are on the red list (which is published on the website of the government), except for the general exceptions, people who have recovered from COVID-19 and those with special exemptions as listed in the ordinance.

Measures will be effective if the public respects them

The measures for containment of the spread of the virus for April 1-11 have been prudently thought through, Logar said as she explained the reasons for their introduction. The mandatory wearing of face masks in urban centres has been proposed by the advisory group. This is aimed at preventing situations in which many individuals do not wear masks and do not maintain safe social distancing in public spaces. For the sake of a positive psychological effect, the advisory group has proposed that gatherings of up to two families are allowed at Easter, that is five adults and children, with consideration of other preventive measures. As many contacts also take place in schools, remote schooling has been reintroduced, despite the situation not deteriorating in the weeks when schools were open.

Keeping the basic reproduction number R close to 1 would be considered a success of the 11-day stoppage of public life. An 11-day stoppage is a better period for the measures to take effect than only a 5-day stoppage, as it covers two short, 5-day incubation periods in which the disease may develop.

It would not be sensible to introduce the measures as of 29 March, as preparations must be made for them and they also need to be communicated sensibly. If people fail to respect the prohibition regarding socialising at Easter, this would be reflected after 14 days by somewhat worse data for a day or two, while this would not significantly contribute to a deterioration of the situation within the 11-day period in general.

On 12 April, all primary and secondary school children will return to school under Model C. A proposal for self-testing for children is being prepared but is not yet ready to be implemented. Regarding care for children of parents who are employed in the critical infrastructure, deciding who is eligible is not the responsibility of mayors, as the eligibility is determined by the ordinance itself.

Situation in intensive care units

Unlike the first two waves, the number of patients in intensive care units relative to the total number of COVID-19 patients is higher this time, said Jereb. At the moment, the share for all hospitals is 21 per cent, and in UKC Ljubljana it is 26 per cent. Germany has 30 intensive care beds per 100,000, while Slovenia has only 15, and the maximum number of these beds at the national level is 220, with 38 such beds currently being occupied in UKC Ljubljana. The death rate in the first wave was 31 per cent of all hospitalised patients, and in the second wave it dropped to 27 per cent. This rate would be much higher if the healthcare system collapsed. The average age of patients in intensive care units is 69 years, while the youngest patient is 38 years old. An aggravating circumstance of high blood pressure is also being detected in younger patients.

Source: gov.si


Latest news

If the party that promised higher taxes and lower wages during the elections is in power, then the results of the referendums really should...

By: Jože Biščak After the presidential elections, I wrote that the Slovenian reality is that a ham sandwich would be elected if the left supported...

Intolerance and offensiveness towards those who think differently is growing

By: Zala Tomašič, Master of International Relations It has been two years since my last column, and this time I am finding it harder to...

SDS: “Before the referendums, there was a lot of media manipulation and deception and false claims about what people were really deciding on”

By: C. R., STA With the current results, wherein the referendums on RTVS, the government and long-term care failed, SDS MP Branko Grims strongly doubts...

The unbearable ease of abolishing institutions

By: Dr Andreja Valič Zver With the announced politically directed “merger” of two museum institutions, it is difficult to remain silent. Not only that, as...

Related news

SDS: “Before the referendums, there was a lot of media manipulation and deception and false claims about what people were really deciding on”

By: C. R., STA With the current results, wherein the referendums on RTVS, the government and long-term care failed, SDS MP Branko Grims strongly doubts...

Assembly for the Republic: The vote AGAINST will prevent media unanimity, the abolition of long-term care, and the distribution of “chairs” for those who...

By: Gal Kovač / Nova24TV A round table of the Assembly for the Republic took place with the meaningful title: Why we are AGAINST. Žiga...

SDS: STOP the manipulations, on Sunday we all vote AGAINST taking rights that are already legalised

By: C. R. All three laws, which will be decided in the referendums on Sunday, November 27th, impoverish Slovenia and impoverish people! Therefore, we believe...

The Old Transitional-Corruption Forces Are Pressuring The President Of The Slovenian Federation Of Pensioners’ Associations To Support Golob’s Long-Term Care Act

By: Sara Kovač / Nova24tv According to the information of our reliable source, on Thursday, the Health and Social Security Commission of the Slovenian Federation...