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Using the application for the protection of human health and life will be voluntary for all

At a press conference, Minister of Public Administration Boštjan Koritnik, Andreja Mojškrc from the Health Inspectorate and government spokesman Jelko Kacin spoke about the current situation regarding COVID-19.
Minister of Public Administration Boštjan Koritnik

Minister of Public Administration Boštjan Koritnik | Author Anže Malovrh, STA

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On Sunday, 440 tests were performed and 8 new infections were confirmed. There are 265 active cases with 17 people being hospitalised and one patient in the intensive care unit. The number of positive cases declined at the end of last week, from the 34 additional positively tested on Friday to 13 on Saturday and only 8 on Sunday.

According to Boštjan Koritnik, on Sunday the Ministry of Public Administration announced an order for the development of an application for the protection of human health and life for use in Slovenia. The application is not about tracking individuals, because it will not use a GPS system and the storage of geolocation data will not be enabled. The use of application will be voluntary for everyone, including those who have been quarantined or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19. This open source solution was first developed by Germany and published on the GitHub platform. In the coming days, the Ministry will also inform the Information Commissioner about the specifications of the solution and ask for her opinion and possible amendments.

In order to ensure maximum transparency, the order was published on the website of the ministry and sent to all media. In the middle of last week, the ministry announced the publication of the order to a number of Slovenian faculties, the Chamber of Commerce, the Slovenian Digital Coalition and the Jožef Stefan Institute with a request to inform all those involved in this field to be aware of the publication of the tender.

To date, ten European countries are already using the application based on the open source solution that Slovenia wants to establish, making Slovenia only one of those next in line to use it. The same adaptation is also being prepared by the neighbouring country of Croatia. The call for the submission of tenders expires on 15 July, and the deadline for the preparation of the solution is 1 August. In Germany, 15 million people installed the app in two weeks.

The virus is also spreading to homes for the elderly. Jelko Kacin presented the case of the virus being brought into the care home in Hrastnik. On Friday afternoon, one of the employees there received confirmation that she had tested positive for COVID-19. She had probably been infected the previous Saturday and had then gone to work the next day on Sunday, where she was in contact with the residents as she did not have any symptoms.

She decided to stay home on Wednesday due to a change in her health and was tested on Thursday. As mentioned above, she received confirmation that she was positive for COVID-19 on Friday. After being informed of this news and in agreement with an epidemiologist, sixty residents were sent into quarantine. Following the recommendation of the epidemiologist, the care home will be closed for at least 14 days.

Jelko Kacin also presented the information obtained at Friday’s meeting of the Slovenian and Croatian prime ministers that among the Adriatic countries currently classed as safe are Istria and Primorski-Gorski Kotar, where the city of Rijeka and the islands of Krk, Cres and Rab are located. The remaining Adriatic area is categorised as a yellow zone.

According to Andreja Mojškrc, the Health Inspectorate carried out 945 inspections of the implementation of quarantine decisions (2,821 in total since Saturday). It found that 760 persons were present at the address stated in the decision, while 40 persons were not. In 32 cases it turned out that the address proved to be incorrect, in 15 cases the owner of the facility did not open the door, and in 87 cases persons under quarantine in multi-apartment buildings could not be found.
The inspectorate forwarded the cases of quarantine decision violation to the police, both those that were due to the person not being present at the listed address and those that listed the wrong or false address.
In addition, 182 inspections were carried out in catering establishments. Inspectors found some violations and the decisions to be issued are being prepared at the inspectorate to be presented to the public in the upcoming days.