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Prime Minister Janez Janša: Open borders rapidly increase the risk of importing new infections

Prime Minister Janez Janša has warned of the imminence of a possible second wave of the coronavirus epidemic.

PM Janez Janša warned new restrictions would be inevitable unless those in place were respected

PM Janez Janša warned new restrictions would be inevitable unless those in place were respected | Author UKOM

He pointed out on Twitter that “the opening of the borders in Europe and the reviving of intercontinental connections is rapidly increasing the risk of new coronavirus cases being imported”. He added, “Only the strict observance of all measures put in place will be able to stop the resurgence of the epidemic. If not, new restrictions will be inevitable.” He concluded with the hashtag #Zmoremo (#WeCanDoIt).

Individual infections have reappeared in Slovenia over the last few days.  Dr Bojana Beović, the head of the expert group for the containment of COVID-19 at the Ministry of Health said that the new coronavirus cases indicate that people have become too complacent. She pointed out that, although most cases are imported from abroad, she firmly believes that the situation is already critical, as these infections could shortly result in dozens of new cases.

Eight new coronavirus infections were confirmed in Slovenia on Wednesday. Six Covid-19 patients are still in hospital, one of them in intensive care. Three new infections were confirmed in Ljubljana, three with foreign citizens, and one each in Koper on the coast and Krško in the east.

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