The epidemic was officially declared for 30 days on Monday, but the measures remain as before

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After Prime Minister Janez Janša addressed the citizens on Sunday before the meeting of the advisory group and government representatives, he later announced on Twitter that an epidemic would be declared for the entire country tomorrow.


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Slovenia will declare an epidemic for a period of 30 days tomorrow, Janša announced.

Premier Janez Janša announced on Twitter in the evening that an epidemic would be declared for the whole of Slovenia for 30 days from Monday. He added that a correspondence session of the government is underway. That we are very close to declaring an epidemic of the new coronavirus was clear from today’s figures, when the number of patients with covid-19 being treated in intensive care was approaching the limit for declaring an epidemic, reports STA.

Government spokesman for covid-19 Jelko Kacin He then told Televizija Slovenija that only the official declaration of the epidemic would take place on Monday, while the measures would be in force as before. In Slovenia, the covida-19 epidemic was declared in the spring, from 12 March to the end of May. Slovenia was the first to declare the end of the epidemic, STA reports.

First life, then health and economics

Before today’s session, Janša addressed the citizens in a video address. He explained that now in the autumn, the virus is spreading locally across the European continent. This fact significantly reduces the effectiveness of some prisons introduced by the government during the first wave. He emphasized that Slovenians are still among the less affected countries of the European Union in terms of the direct consequences of the second wave, “But the situation is getting dangerously worse.” Thus, we are forced to take measures to limit the epidemic and save lives.

The Prime Minister further explained that at the end of last week, after a thorough discussion on the dangers of the second wave, European leaders »Full agreement on the hierarchy of values ​​we use in the fight against the virus in the European Union. First there are lives, then there is health, and then there is the economy, especially vital activities, “ he said, adding that everything else, entertainment and other activities, as well as some freedoms, “Wait a while.” He said that the more we follow this scale of values, the sooner we will be able to return to normal life. Thus, the measures prepared, which will be implemented in the coming days, are proportionate.

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Vaccine and border crossing

At the time of the spring declaration of the epidemic, there were 17 people in hospitals, two of whom were being treated in the intensive care unit. Later, the number of hospitalized people increased and exceeded 100 at the end of March, and most people in intensive care were recorded in the first wave on April 10, when there were 37. On the last day of the epidemic, there were only five patients with covid-19 in hospitals. , one person needed intensive treatment, reports STA.

As far as border crossing is concerned, Slovenia is following the recommendations of the European Union, which prevent the chaos from March this year from recurring. He also touched on later vaccinations, where he said some vaccine tests are giving promising results. Leaders believe an effective vaccine will be available in the spring at the latest. Vaccination will be free of charge in Slovenia, with first vaccinated medical staff, vulnerable groups and employees in critical infrastructure, employees in jobs where a sufficient safety distance cannot be provided, and then “everyone else as soon as possible.” another challenging cold period of the pandemic, which requires effective action and a high level of responsibility and solidarity. “We are in difficult times that are forcing us to change our habits and, in part, even to change our way of life.” We can overcome challenges together. We can already do a lot by using the Stay Healthy app and supporting medical staff.

Janša also explained that the organization of health care has significantly strengthened since the first wave of the spring, but unfortunately human resources are still limited, as they cannot be doubled in a short time. By behaving responsibly, we can best help healthcare professionals ourselves.

“We are not facing an abyss into which we will surely fall, but a challenge that we will overcome together. The time of sun and freedom will come again, when viruses and protective masks will be only a distant memory, “ Janša concluded somewhat poetically and thanked the citizens and wished them health.



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