Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 6 March 2020

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Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 6 March 2020 Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels, CC-by-0

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Strict lockdown to last at least another 2-4 weeks

LJUBLJANA - Stringent lockdown restrictions introduced three weeks ago to fight the coronavirus epidemic are working and they will last "at least two to four more weeks," government spokesman Jelko Kacin said, adding that the easing of the measures would have to be "carefully planned and measured." Prime Minister Janez Janše delivered a similar message after a visit to UKC Ljubljana. He said Slovenia was doing fine at the moment but it was necessary to be very cautious. "A lot of what we currently perceive as the suspension of public life may gradually return to normal, even before the end of May and perhaps some of it before the end of April."

PM rejects criticism govt not listening to experts

LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Janez Janša rebuffed critics who have accused the government of sidelining public health professionals. He said the government had listened to a broader circle of experts beyond the domestic National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ). The government "listened to advice by domestic and foreign epidemiologists. Including those at [NIJZ] who can at least use #Google," he wrote on Twitter. The government has taken the decisions based on the opinion of experts "but it is true that the so-called experts in Slovenia were not unanimous for a long time and we always had to see how other countries and experts in other countries are responding," he told the press after visiting UKC Ljubljana.

Coronavirus death toll in Slovenia rises to 28

LJUBLJANA - The coronavirus death toll rose by six to 28 on Saturday, as the number of confirmed cases increased to 997, up by 20 from the day before, show the latest government statistics. While the death toll has been rising rapidly in recent days, hospital numbers have been mostly flat or even declining. The number of persons in hospital with Covid-19 dropped by 1 to 108, having peaked at almost 120 at the end of March. Of those, 31 were in intensive care, the same number as the day before. Almost 200 residents of nursing homes and 156 health staff are among those infected.

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