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Prime Minister Janez Janša: Until a vaccine is developed, we have only two options

  • Former Prime Minister Janez Janša (2020 - 2022)
On Saturday and Sunday, Prime Minister Janez Janša responded on Twitter to the increasing number of confirmed new cases of infection with the new coronavirus during the last two and a half months.

Prime minister Janez Janša

Prime minister Janez Janša | Author KPV

"Until an effective cure and/or vaccine against COVID-19 are/is available, we, and the rest of the world, have only two options available," Prime Minister Janez Janša wrote on Saturday. The first option, he said, is "a drastic stopping of public life, closing borders, restricting contacts, depression, and similar, and the second option is the mandatory use of a mobile app for movement in public". The Prime Minister reminded that the Government had already proposed the use of such an application in March 2020, as part of the first anti-corona package, "but there was not enough support for it in the National Assembly". Prime Minister Janša noted that next week the National Assembly would again decide on its introduction, as the Government had sent to the National Assembly an intervention act proposal last week, which provides the basis for the introduction of a mobile application to alert the contacts of the infected people and to enable quarantine control. The Prime Minister wrote that this time he was hoping for more common sense.

In Slovenia, 1456 people were tested for the new coronavirus on Friday and 30 positive cases were confirmed. This is the highest figure since 16 April, when strict measures were still in place to prevent the spread of infection, including the ban on movement between municipalities.

Many infections were also recorded on Saturday, which the Prime Minister commented on by saying that "the virus is spreading from within". "We are recording an extremely large number of violations of the Communicable Diseases Act and restrictive ordinances, especially in the hospitality industry, and violations of exceeding the limit on 50 people gathering," said Prime Minister Janez Janša on Sunday, adding that even some politicians are to be found at the forefront of such violations.