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The Government restricts mass gatherings to groups of ten

At its regular weekly meeting, the Government adopted a number of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. This was announced at the press conference by the Government spokesman, Ambassador Jelko Kacin, epidemiologist Mateja Logar from the Clinic for Infectious Diseases and Febrile Conditions at the University Medical Center Ljubljana, and Deputy Director General of the Police Tomaž Pečjak.
Jelko Kacin

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The latest figures show that 1607 tests were performed and 24 new infections were confirmed on Tuesday. There are currently 223 active infection cases. Mateja Logar highlighted that the number of tests performed were a result of the intensification of laboratory analyses and increasing the capacity of laboratories. Hospitals have been preparing for a situation in which they will again be receiving COVID-19 patients, but they do not want to suspend their regular programme, regarding which they are behind schedule.

At yesterday's correspondence session the Government adopted the decision that the service of quarantine decisions at the Gruškovje, Metlika, and Jelšane border crossings with Croatia, the Pince border crossing with Hungary, and at Jože Pučnik Airport should henceforth be carried out only between 6 am and 10 pm, Tomaž Pečjak emphasised. Round the clock, 24/7 service of decisions continues at the Obrežje border crossing. At other border crossing points with Austria and Italy, quarantine decisions will be issued on the basis of data collected for the Ministry of Health as the issuer of such decisions. This type of quarantine decision accounted for 5% of the total number of issued decisions and 95% of all quarantine decisions were issued at border crossing points. All border crossing points continue to operate as before.

The government also additionally specified the documents that need to be presented upon entering Slovenia from Croatia, such as proof of property ownership, an accommodation receipt, and proof of payment of the tourist fee.

Today the Government restricted mass gatherings to groups of ten. Mass gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted in exception; however, the organiser of such an event must keep a list of the participants and their contact details for at least one month. These events include private parties, wedding parties, family picnics, etc. The ordinance restricting mass gatherings for sports and cultural events to 500 people remains in force.

The Government spokesman Jelko Kacin presented data obtained from the Health Inspectorate, which yesterday performed 446 inspections. 372 persons were present at the address stated in the decision, except in 6 cases. In 18 cases it turned out that the address proved to be incorrect, in 18 cases the owner of the facility did not open the door, and in 27 cases persons under quarantine in multi-apartment buildings could not be found.