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Official updates on the occurrence of the coronavirus infection

In Slovenia 12 cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed. The risk level of transmission has increased, therefore the Minister of Health will sign an order banning larger public events. Prime Minister Marjan Šarec will convene a meeting of the National Security Council on Monday.

Nina Pirnat, Director of the National Institute of Public Health, stated at today's press conference that the risk level of transmission of the novel corona virus had increased. It has therefore been proposed that large scale gatherings should be restricted. Simona Repar Bornšek, State Secretary at the Ministry of Health, explained that an order related thereto was being drawn up and would be signed by the Minister of Health performing his regular duties, Aleš Šabeder.

The exact restrictions are still unclear, it can, however, be expected that all larger public indoor gatherings will be banned.  

Among others, today's concert of Andrea Bocelli at the Stožice Hall in Ljubljana will be postponed. It is not yet clear whether the Ski Flying World Championship in Planica will take place or not. It is possible that it will take place without spectators.

Special restrictions will be issued for Metlika and its surroundings where the infected doctor had a lot of contacts with people and consequently, the Metlika Residential Home for the Elderly and Metlika Health Care Centre have been closed.

The Institute of Public Health has also proposed the convening of the National Security Council and Prime Minister Marjan Šarec, who performs his regular duties, has announced on Twitter that he will convene the Extended National Security Council on Monday.

So far, 785 people have been tested for the novel coronavirus in Slovenia. According to the epidemiologists, the virus was imported into the country in all 12 cases of infection, so the patients became infected abroad or in close contact with someone who was travelling. Most of them travelled around Italy.

All those who were admitted to hospitals are in a stable condition and no one is being treated for pneumonia or a critical condition, said Repar Bornšek.

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