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Prime Minister Janez Janša: Slovenia is currently among the most successful countries in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, so it is now possible to phase out restrictions for the foreseeable future

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has today considered the plan to gradually ease the restrictive measures imposed as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.

Still of Prime Minister Janez Janša in video address.

Still of Prime Minister Janez Janša in video address. | Author Kabinet predsednika vlade

The following is a video address by the Prime Minister after today’s Government session.

Dear Compatriots,

After many weeks of restrictions on movement and a number of activities of public life, we have reached an important turning point. Data from the competent institutions show that the number of people actively infected with the coronavirus and coronavirus patients in Slovenia has decreased to a level that allows the adoption of a plan to phase out the restrictions for the foreseeable future.

Based on the proposals of health experts from the Ministry of Health, the Government has adopted a plan today to restore free movement and to launch a number of activities in the coming days, weeks and months. Some dates in the plan are fixed, while others may be only indicative.

As of tomorrow, i.e. from 30 April 2020, the general restriction of movement to municipalities is to be lifted, and from Monday onwards there will be a gradual start of many activities that will be carried out in accordance with the instructions of the healthcare profession.

Gatherings and other mass events and major sports competitions in Slovenia or elsewhere in Europe are unlikely to be held until the discovery and the general use of a vaccine or medicine to treat COVID-19.

The plan of gradual easing of restrictions will be presented in more detail tomorrow.

In view of this important interim victory in the fight against the epidemic, I would like to thank all of you, dear compatriots, for having prevented the spread of the virus by following the instructions and restrictions. It is thanks to you that Slovenia is the most successful among all the neighbouring countries of Italy, the focal point of the outbreak. What is even more important is that due to your responsible behaviour, you have prevented hundreds of deaths as a result of COVID-19, as well as the collapse of the healthcare system, which could have led to thousands more victims in addition to the existing ones because of its incapacity to treat many other diseases or injuries. We can just take a look at our neighbouring country and see what a potential risk we were exposed to.

However, since the epidemic has not yet been overcome, I am asking you to act responsibly in the coming days and weeks. Only by strictly adhering to the instructions of the healthcare profession in our conduct and behaviour will we be able to keep the number of infections at such a low level that we may avoid new outbreaks and new restrictions. Let us also work together to influence the few unreasonable deniers of the virus who endanger your health and your lives with their irresponsible behaviour. I also call on the competent institutions to consistently prevent threats to health and general safety, in accordance with their powers.

Slovenia is currently among the most successful countries in the fight against the epidemic, and it is all thanks to you. Owing to the rapid preparation of both anti-corona packages, Slovenia is also among the less economically and socially affected countries. Let us continue along this path. Thank you and stay healthy.

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