Most of Slovenia’s Covid Infections in Care Homes, Schools, Shops

By , 29 Jul 2020, 09:12 AM Politics
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STA, 28 July 2020 - In the past two months, the majority of coronavirus cases were detected in care homes (80 infections), followed by schools (54), shops (37), health institutions (32) and restaurants, pubs and cafes (13), show the National Public Health Institute (NIJZ) data.

A total of 30 infections were confirmed among manufacturing workers, same as among administration workers. Warehouses saw 16 cases, kindergartens 14, universities 13 and the public administration 12.

Moreover, ten lorry drivers got infected with the coronavirus as well as eight construction and engineering workers, four people working in banks and three police officers.

Špela Horjak, the government deputy spokesperson for coronavirus, told the press today that as much as 40% of the cases confirmed in the past two weeks were detected in various workplaces, urging extra caution there.

Metoda Dodič Fikfak, the head of the Ljubljana UKC Institute of Occupational Medicine, meanwhile said that coronavirus clusters in companies were mostly a result of a more carefree attitude there, advising reintroducing and heeding anti-corona measures.

Whereas companies did not turn to the institute for support before the Covid-19 epidemic, there have been plenty of requests for help with work organisation after the epidemic was declared, she said, adding that the institute also had a vital role in adapting the running of Slovenia's central hospital to the new circumstances.

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