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Government to enhance measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus

In today’s statement made after the National Security Council session, Prime Minister Janez Janša announced that in the coming days the Government will enhance the measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The current priorities are to protect the most vulnerable and most exposed, said Prime Minister Janez Janša after the session

The current priorities are to protect the most vulnerable and most exposed, said Prime Minister Janez Janša after the session | Author Nebojša Tejić, STA

The first step, the adoption of the most urgent legislative measures, will be followed by the adoption of a package of legislation aimed at the strategic tackling of challenges. The package is being drafted and is planned to be adopted at the end of next week, said Mr Janša, adding that all parliamentary parties had promised to cooperate in the adoption of measures. Experts have also been called upon to add their proposals for the package of measures. Each proposal will be examined in an attempt to draft an act addressing the critical situation resulting from the spread of the virus.

The current priorities are to protect the most vulnerable and most exposed, to ensure the operation of critical infrastructure and to ensure reserves of essential goods, and also to provide protective equipment, which is in short supply and will be distributed primarily to healthcare facilities and homes for the elderly.

Prime Minister Janša said that measures in neighbouring countries are being examined as well. The President of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, thanked all citizens who are consistently following the instructions of the competent authorities, since this gives us a sense that together we will overcome the health crisis. Although this will naturally bring economic consequences, health and human lives come first. An important thing once the health crisis is over will be to adopt remedial measures covering everybody to approximately the same extent, Pahor stressed.

Minister of Defence Matej Tonin said that homes for the elderly and healthcare facilities will be supplied with the most urgent protective equipment today, followed by the delivery of more than a million masks on Wednesday.

The Minister of the Economy, Zdravko Počivalšek, said that food supplies are sufficient and that there will be no disruptions. He said that the current assessment is that there is no need for a total ban on manufacturing as companies have made sure that they are respecting people's health and safety. He also gave an assurance that there will soon be enough protective equipment available not only for healthcare facilities but for key economic operators as well. Measures enabling commercial companies to survive the crisis are also in the final stage of drafting. The intervention act will cover large, medium-sized and small companies as well as sole traders.

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