COVID-19 & Slovenia, Mid-Day 5 April: Numbers, Strict Lockdown Another 2-4 Weeks

By , 05 Apr 2020, 12:25 PM Politics
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Coronavirus death toll in Slovenia rises to 28

Strict lockdown measures in Slovenia to last another 2-4 weeks

Foreigners write about their experience of the lockdown in Slovenia

Coronavirus death toll in Slovenia rises to 28

STA, 5 April 2020 - 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 statistics released by the government on Sunday. A total of 655 tests were conducted, for a total of 27,764.

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.

Jelko Kacin, the government spokesman for the coronavirus epidemic, said five patients had been released from hospital yesterday and 98 since the start of the epidemic.

Almost 200 residents of nursing homes are among those infected along with 48 health professionals working in nursing homes. A total of 156 health staff have been infected so far.

Slovenia confirmed its first coronavirus infection on 4 March and the first coronavirus death on 14 March.

The age structure of the fatalities has not been officially disclosed.

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Strict lockdown measures in Slovenia to last another 2-4 weeks

STA, 5 April 2020 - Strict lockdown measures that Slovenia introduced three weeks ago to fight the coronavirus epidemic are working and they will last "at least two to four weeks," only then will Slovenia consider starting relaxing the measures so that life may start returning to normal, government spokesman Jelko Kacin said on Sunday.

"Once we initiate relaxation measures, they will have to be carefully planned and measures, with the awareness that we will have to live with the virus and the epidemic for a while," Kacin, the spokesman for the coronavirus epidemic, said at the government's daily media briefing.

His words were echoed by Bojana Beović, an infectious disease specialist who heads the Health Ministry's medical task force for coronavirus. She said Slovenia was handling the epidemic well due to the strict measures and hospitals have not been overwhelmed yet, but she said this was merely "an intermediate objective".

The curves have been flattened and the epidemic has been brought into a "stationary state" but "we have not yet been able to reverse the trend". Reversing the curve will depend on government measures as well as the actions of each individual, she said.

Slovenia reported 28 confirmed coronavirus deaths by Saturday, up by six in a day, whereas the number of confirmed infections increased by just 20 to 997.

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